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    Sale 7441

    Important Silver

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 625

    A PAIR OF GERMAN SILVER MEAT-DISHES FROM THE LOUISE-AUGUSTA SERVICE

    MARK OF JOHANN HUES, HAMBURG, 1791-1799

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    A PAIR OF GERMAN SILVER MEAT-DISHES FROM THE LOUISE-AUGUSTA SERVICE
    MARK OF JOHANN HUES, HAMBURG, 1791-1799
    Each shaped oval and with milled rim, engraved with initials 'LA' below the Danish Royal crown, each marked on the back, the backs further stamped and engraved with numbers 'No. 4 25' and 'No. 2 2'
    21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm.) and 17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) wide
    118 oz. (3,667 gr.)
    The cypher is that of Louise-Augusta of Denmark, Duchess of Augustenborg (1771-1843). Though officially the daughter of King Christian VII of Denmark(1749-1808) and his wife Queen Caroline Mathilde (1751-1775), sister of King George III of England, it is widely accepted that Louise Augusta's actual father was Johann Friedrich Struensee, the King's Royal physician and de facto regent of the country at the time of her birth.

    Struensee and Queen Caroline Mathilde were arrested in January 1772, with Struensee later found guilty of usurping the Royal authority in contravention of the Royal Law and executed, while Queen Caroline was banished to Germany, leaving Louise Augusta to be raised at Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen with her brother, Crown Prince Frederik under the supervision of the Dowager Queen Juliane Marie.

    In 1786 Louise married Duke Frederik Christian II, the Hereditary Prince of Augustenborg. The couple lived for many years at Christiansborg Castle until the death of Duke Frederik's father in 1794 when he inherited the estate and the Duchy of Augustenborg. Their relationship eventually fell apart when Frederik Christian tried to legally limit her influence over their children's future. He died in 1814, and Louise Augusta took control of the Augustenborg estates and the children's upbringing. The estate was turned over to the eldest son, Christian August, on his return from an extended foreign tour in 1820. She died there in 1843. (2)


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    Literature

    Maria Helleberg and Katia Johansen, Louisa Augusta, Kælighedsbarnet, Rosenborg, 1003


    Exhibited

    Copenhagen, Rosenborg Palace, Louise Augusta, from Love Child to Royal Hellion, 2003, no. 59.