• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    E. CORRENSON (FL. C. 1820)

    Price Realised  

    E. CORRENSON (FL. C. 1820)
    A gentleman called Victor von Metternich, in blue coat with brass buttons, red waistcoat, knotted white cravat with gold tie-pin, wearing the Knight Cross of the Royal Portuguese Order of Christ, fair hair
    signed and dated 'E. Correnson 1820.' (mid-right)
    on ivory
    oval, 2 9/16 in. (66 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount with foliate border


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    Victor von Metternich (d. 1829) was the son of Klemens Wenzel, Prince von Metternich (1773-1859), the famous German-Austrian politician and diplomat. From around 1822 Victor embarked on an affair with Henriette, Duchess of Castries, who was married to Edmond de La Croix, Duke of Castries. The affair produced a son in 1827 and he became Baron of Aldenburg. In 1829 Henriette suffered a serious back injury during a horse-riding accident and she was physically disabled for the rest of her life. In the same year Victor died of tuberculosis.

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    Provenance

    with Asprey and Birch & Gaydon Ltd, London (as 'M. de Metternich').
    Bonhams, London, 21 November 2007, lot 246 (as an unknown gentleman).


    Literature

    N. Lemoine-Bouchard, Les Peintres en miniature actifs en France 1650-1850, Paris, 2008, p. 169.