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    Sale 7556

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    HEINRICH FRIEDRICH FÜGER (AUSTRO-GERMAN, 1751-1818)

    Countess Molly Zichy-Ferraris (1780-1866) as a child, in white dress, orange-bordered white shawl and laurels draped around her shoulders, seated on a blue shawl, next to stone plinth engraved with 'A L'AMOUR FILIAL' and decorated with garlands of flowers; landscape and sky background

    Price Realised  

    HEINRICH FRIEDRICH FÜGER (AUSTRO-GERMAN, 1751-1818)
    Countess Molly Zichy-Ferraris (1780-1866) as a child, in white dress, orange-bordered white shawl and laurels draped around her shoulders, seated on a blue shawl, next to stone plinth engraved with 'A L'AMOUR FILIAL' and decorated with garlands of flowers; landscape and sky background
    oval, 3¼ in. (83 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame with hairwork reverse centred with an eight-point ivory star inscribed 'Molly'
    on ivory


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    Countess Marie Zichy Ferraris, called 'Molly', was the only daughter of Count Joseph Ferraris and his wife Henrietta née Marquise d'Ursel. In 1799, she married Count Franz Zichy of Vasanykeö (1777-1839). The youngest of their three daughters, Melanie, became the third wife of the famous Chancellor Prince Metternich. During the Congress of Vienna 1814/1815, Molly played an important role as a society hostess, and Tsar Alexander I of Russia who adored her, stayed at her home in 1818.

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    Provenance

    Dr Albert Figdor (1843-1927) Collection, Vienna, no. F.4651.


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Literature

    J. de Bourgoing, Die Wiener Bildnisminiatur, Vienna, 1926, p. 31, illustrated colour pl. 16.