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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 315

    MORITZ MICHAEL DAFFINGER (AUSTRIAN, 1790-1849)

    Duke Alexander of Württemberg, Prince of Teck (1804-1885), in blue coat, black waistcoat and cravat, curly fair hair; and his wife Claudine, Countess of Hohenstein (1812-1841) in white dress and wearing a triple strand of black pearls with a gold clasp at her throat, her fair hair dressed in ringlets

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    MORITZ MICHAEL DAFFINGER (AUSTRIAN, 1790-1849)
    Duke Alexander of Württemberg, Prince of Teck (1804-1885), in blue coat, black waistcoat and cravat, curly fair hair; and his wife Claudine, Countess of Hohenstein (1812-1841) in white dress and wearing a triple strand of black pearls with a gold clasp at her throat, her fair hair dressed in ringlets
    both signed 'Daffinger' (lower right)
    ovals, 1 5/16 in. (32 mm.) high, within gold locket frames decorated with foliate scrolls and translucent blue taille d'épargne enamel (2)


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    Duke Alexander of Württemberg was the son of Duke Louis of Württemberg and the nephew of Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia (see lots 122 and 199). In 1835, he married morganatically a Hungarian countess, Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde. The same year she was created Countess von Hohenstein in her own right by Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria. She was killed aged 24, when thrown from a bolting horse and trampled by the Austrian cavalry. Alexander and Claudine had three children: Claudine, Francis and Amalie. Their son Count Francis von Hohenstein, later granted the title of Prince of Teck, married Mary Adelaide, daughter of Duke Adolphus of Cambridge. They had four children, including a daughter, Mary of Teck, who married George Duke of York, later King George V.
    A rectangular miniature by Daffinger of Claudine was sold at Phillips, London, 6 November 2000, lot 202, and for an oval copy by Richard Schwager after the rectangular Daffinger, see Christie's, London, 6 November 2001, lot 184.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Geneva, 15 November 1990, lot 40 (sitters unidentified).