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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 201

    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)

    The Dowager Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna (1779-1826), in black dress, black bonnet and feathers

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    HENRI BENNER (FRENCH, 1776-after 1833)
    The Dowager Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna (1779-1826), in black dress, black bonnet and feathers
    on paper stretched over enamelled tin
    oval, 5¼ in. (133 mm.) high, gilt-metal stamped mount within gilt wood panel with four rosettes


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    Elizaveta Alekseevna, née Princess Louisa Maria Augusta of Baden, married the future Emperor Alexander I in 1793. It was not a happy union, but, despite her husband's affairs, they drew closer after the premature death of their daughters.
    Copies by P. E. Rockstuhl are illustrated in G. N. Komelova/G. A. Printseva, Portrait Miniature in Russia, XVIII - early XX century from the Collection of The Hermitage, Leningrad, 1986, p. 295. no. 85, p. 166, pl. 149, and in T. A. Selinova, Khudozhnik P. E. Rokshtul'. Iz istorii russkoi portretnoi miniatiury, Moscow, 2005, p. 131, no. 60 (of 1817, at Arkhangelskoie).

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