• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 169


    Price Realised  


    Tsarina Maria Feodorovna of Russia, née Princess Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg (1759-1828), in white dress, tiered white lace collar, diamond stomacher at corsage, jewelled coronet in her upswept curling fair hair, wearing the sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St Andrew and the red sash of the Order of St Catherine (unfinished)
    on ivory
    oval, 3¼ in. (82 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount

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    The present miniature was inspired by the rectangular three-quarter length oil on canvas portrait by Giovanni Battista Lampi, signed and dated 1797, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Un ritrattista nell'Europa delle corti: Giovanni Battista Lampi 1751-1830, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, 2001, p. 88, pl. 91.
    Maria Feodorovna became the second wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia on 7 October 1776. They had ten children, including Tsar Alexander I and Tsar Nicholas I.

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    Drouot Rive Gauche, Paris, 18 March 1976, lot 143 (in a different frame).