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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)

    Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1786-1859), in white dress with frilled sleeves, a frill at her waist, large frilled collar and bonnet, a white hat with feathers on her fair hair

    Price Realised  

    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)
    Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1786-1859), in white dress with frilled sleeves, a frill at her waist, large frilled collar and bonnet, a white hat with feathers on her fair hair
    signed and dated 'Benner 1816' (mid-right)
    on paper stretched on enamelled tin
    oval, 5¼ in. (134 mm.) high, gilt-metal stamped mount in giltwood panel


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    Third daughter of the future Paul I and Maria Feodorovna, she displayed a talent for music at an early age. In 1804 she married Carl Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, who died in 1853. Her life was dedicated to the arts and sciences being hailed by Goethe as one of the worthiest women of her time.
    This miniature is copied after Jean-Baptiste Isabey's miniature painted in Vienna in 1815, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855), portraitiste de l'Europe, Malmaison Castle, and Nancy, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2005/2006, p. 78, no. 146.

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