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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)

    Grand Duke Constantin Pavlovich (1778-1831), in general's uniform, red-piped black coat, gold-embroidered red collar, gold aiguillette and epaulettes, wearing the breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, the jewel and breast-star of St. George (2nd class), the Order of St. Vladimir, the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa, the Prussian Iron Cross, the Württemberg Military Merit (Knight class), the Bavarian Military Order of Max-Joseph, and medals including the 1812 Campaign; sky background

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    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)
    Grand Duke Constantin Pavlovich (1778-1831), in general's uniform, red-piped black coat, gold-embroidered red collar, gold aiguillette and epaulettes, wearing the breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, the jewel and breast-star of St. George (2nd class), the Order of St. Vladimir, the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa, the Prussian Iron Cross, the Württemberg Military Merit (Knight class), the Bavarian Military Order of Max-Joseph, and medals including the 1812 Campaign; sky background
    signed and dated 'Benner 1818' (mid-right)
    on card
    oval, 5¼ in. (33 mm.) high, rectangular gilt-metal mount within giltwood panel


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    Second son of Emperor Paul I and Maria Feodorovna, he saw military service against the armies of Napoleon before being appointed viceroy of Poland. Upon his morganatic marriage he forfeited the right to the succession which allowed his younger brother Nicholas to succeed their older brother on his death in 1825, partly setting forward the Decembrist Revolution.
    For another version by Benner, see the exhibition catalogue Trésors des Tzars, Paris, Galerie J. Kugel, 1998, p. 115, no. 279.

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