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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 219

    MORITZ MICHAEL DAFFINGER (AUSTRIAN, 1790-1849)

    A magnificent miniature of a young lady called Princess Melanie Metternich (1805-1854), in white dress with voluminous sleeves, wearing a belt with gem-set gold buckle, red embroidered Cashmere shawl draped across her shoulders, pearl earrings, her dark upswept hair dress in ringlets; cloudy sky background

    Price Realised  

    MORITZ MICHAEL DAFFINGER (AUSTRIAN, 1790-1849)
    A magnificent miniature of a young lady called Princess Melanie Metternich (1805-1854), in white dress with voluminous sleeves, wearing a belt with gem-set gold buckle, red embroidered Cashmere shawl draped across her shoulders, pearl earrings, her dark upswept hair dress in ringlets; cloudy sky background
    signed 'Daffinger' (mid-right)
    rectangular, 3 5/8 x 2 15/16 in. (93 x 75 mm.), gilt-metal easel frame with stamped border and foliate spandrels, in original hinged brown leather travelling case (2)


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    Princess Melanie, née Zichy-Ferraris, Countess of Zich and Vasanykeö, was the third wife of Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich-Winneburg (1773 - 1859). Prince Klemens was a diplomat and Austrian minister of foreign affairs from 1809 to 1848. He chaired the negotiations of the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15 and helped to restore Austria's status as a leading power in European politics. In 1846, he was created a Prince of the Austrian Empire.
    Other portraits of Princess Melanie are illustrated in G. Kugler, Staatskanzler Metternich und seine Gäste, Graz, 1991, p. 10, fig. 2 (a miniature by Daffinger), p. 15, fig. 4 (a watercolour by Josef Kriehuber), p. 41, fig. 20 (a watercolour by Daffinger); see also L. Grünstein, Moritz Michael Daffinger und sein Kreis, Vienna/Leipzig, 1923, pl. XXVII.

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    Provenance

    Galerie Hassfurther, Vienna, 15 May 2000, lot 6.


    Pre-Lot Text

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    Post Lot Text

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