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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 174

    Circle of Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683-1757 Berlin)

    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Christiane von Steinberg, née von Bernstorff, half-length, in a blue dress and grey silk and gold embroidered and red velvet wraps

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683-1757 Berlin)
    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Christiane von Steinberg, née von Bernstorff, half-length, in a blue dress and grey silk and gold embroidered and red velvet wraps
    oil on canvas, unlined
    31¾ x 25 in. (80.8 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Schulenburg was a prolific collector of portraits - by 1746, at least 199 of the 789 paintings and drawings in his collection at the Palazzo Loredan, Venice, were portraits of artists, European royals, family members, friends and others who had played an important role in Schulenburg's life (Binion, op. cit., pp. 75-76).

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    Provenance

    Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747).
    Bequeathed to his nephew Christian Günther von der Schulenburg, Berlin, and by descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    Probably among the '20 Ritratti di Differenti Dame' recorded in Inventario Generale della Galleria di S: Eccelza Felt Marescial Conte di Shulembourgh La qual Galleria pincipir a formarsi dal 1724, e Fino al presente 1738 30 Maggio, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37 (Binion, op. cit., p. 216).
    Probably among the 'Ritratti vinti due di differenti Dame...' recorded in 1741, 30 Giugno Venezia, Inventario Generale della Galleria di S.E. Maresciallo Co: di Schulemberg...La qual Galleria pricipio a formarsi l'anno 1724 ripartita coll'ordine che segue, Hanover, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep. 82, Abt. III, N. 37 (Binion, op. cit., p. 238).
    Hehlen, Inventar 1957, no. 157.
    Alice Binion, ILa Galleria scomparsa del maresciallo von der Schulenburg, Milan, 1990, (loc. cit.).