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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 218

    PETER ADOLF HALL (FRANCO-SWEDISH, 1739-1793)

    A girl, in Van Dyck costume of red satin dress with black scalloped neckline and vandycked lace collar, pearl encrusted pendant brooch, pearl necklace, a floral pompon adorning her upswept auburn hair

    Price Realised  

    PETER ADOLF HALL (FRANCO-SWEDISH, 1739-1793)
    A girl, in Van Dyck costume of red satin dress with black scalloped neckline and vandycked lace collar, pearl encrusted pendant brooch, pearl necklace, a floral pompon adorning her upswept auburn hair
    signed 'Hall' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount set within green velvet surround and gilt-metal frame, with outer pierced border set with silver-metal mounted diamonds, surmounted with elaborate diamond-set scrolling leaves and floral motifs


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    Another miniature of a lady in Van Dyck costume is in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, illustrated in R. de Plinval de Guillebon, Pierre Adolphe Hall 1739-1793, Paris, 2000, p. 128, no. 170, and in M. Olausson/J. Sjöholm, Nationalmuseum Stockholm. Illustrated Catalogue - Swedish and other Nordic Miniatures, Halmstad, 2001, I, p. 249.
    According to the 1954 exhibition catalogue, the diamond frame was acquired from A la Vieille Russie, New York.

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    Provenance

    Consul Eugen Gutmann (1840-1925) Collection, Berlin, by 1912.
    With The Bachstitz Galleries, The Hague (est. 1921).
    Greta Shield Heckett (1899-1976) Collection, Pittsburgh, Pa.; her sale, part I, Sotheby's, Monaco, 4 May 1977, lot 70.
    Sotheby's, Zurich, 24 November 1978, lot 216.
    Nagel, Stuttgart, 5 March 1979, lot 469.


    Saleroom Notice

    The signiature on the present miniature is difficult to detect without strong magnification and raking light. Please contact the department for any assistance in viewing the signature.


    Literature

    O. von Falke, Die Kunstsammlung Eugen Gutmann, Berlin, 1912, no. 311, illustrated pl. 72 (in different frame).
    O. von Falke/G. Gronau (ed.), The Bachstitz Gallery Collection, Berlin, s.d. [c. 1921], III, illustrated pl. 83 (in different frame).


    Exhibited

    Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Four Centuries of Portrait Miniatures from the Heckett Collection, 1954, no. 67, illustrated pl. XXVIII.