• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 13 A

    Professor H. Post (active 1920), after Antoine Pesne

    Portrait of Countess Sophie Marie von Voß, three-quarter-length, as a shepherdess

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    Professor H. Post (active 1920), after Antoine Pesne
    Portrait of Countess Sophie Marie von Voß, three-quarter-length, as a shepherdess
    signed 'H. Post' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    135 x 103 cm.


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    After the original by Antoine Pesne ((Paris 1683 - 1757 Berlin) in Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin.

    Countess Sophie Marie von Voß was born as Sophie Wilhelmine Charlotte Marie von Pannwitz (Schönfließ 1729 - 1814 Berlin). At the age of 14 she arrived at the Prussian court and became the lady in waiting of the wife of King Friedrich Wilhelm I, Queen Sophie Dorothea. The King's brother, Prince August Wilhelm, was very much in love with the Countess, but was unable to marry her due to political predicaments. When she married Count Johann Ernst von Voß in 1751 the Prince insisted on attending the marriage, but fainted during the ceremony. Countess von Voß stayed at the Prussian court for most of her life, with a total of 69 years attending the several royal families.

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