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JOHANN HARPER (SWEDISH, 1688-1746)
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JOHANN HARPER (SWEDISH, 1688-1746)

Frederick William I (1688-1740), King of Prussia 1713-1740, in red-bordered blue velvet coat with gold button loops and tassels, gilt-studded armour with red lining and white cravat, powdered wig, wearing the breast-star of the Royal Prussian Order of the Black Eagle

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JOHANN HARPER (SWEDISH, 1688-1746)
Frederick William I (1688-1740), King of Prussia 1713-1740, in red-bordered blue velvet coat with gold button loops and tassels, gilt-studded armour with red lining and white cravat, powdered wig, wearing the breast-star of the Royal Prussian Order of the Black Eagle
enamel on copper
oval, 1 3/8 in. (35 mm.) high, silver-gilt frame
Literature
H. Seling (ed.), Keysers Kunst- und Antiquitätenbuch, Heidelberg, 1957, illustrated fig. 35 (as by Georg Friedrich Dinglinger).
H. E. R. Martin, Miniaturen des Rokoko, Empire und Biedermeier, Munich, 1981, p. 89, illustrated p. 89, fig. 79 (as by Dinglinger).
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King Frederick William I, son of King Frederick I of Prussia (1657-1713) and his wife, Sophia Charlotte (1668-1705, see lot 64) laid the foundation of power for the success of his son, Frederick the Great (see lot 63). Known as the 'Soldier King', he was a passionate soldier and notorious for his personal regiment of very tall soldiers, Lange Kerls. He also excelled at administration and established a central hierarchy of adminstrative offices that gave Prussia the most advanced bureaucracy in Europe.
Johann Harper worked in Berlin from 1712 and was styled Hof-Kabinettmaler to King Frederick William I from 1716. For further information on Harper, see Boo von Malmberg, 'Johann Harper', Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, XXIII, nos. 3-4, Stockholm, 1954/55, pp. 86-89.
An enamel miniature of the same sitter by Harper, signed and dated 1733 with address Berlin, was sold Christie's, Geneva, 14 May 1991, lot 136.
A slightly smaller variant of the present enamel depicting the king without the breast-star, was illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Kaiserlicher Kunstbesitz aus dem holländischen Exil Haus Doorn, Berlin, Charlottenburg Castle, 1991, p. 30, no. 9.3. Helmut Börsch-Supan's catalogue notice specifies that the miniature is based on Antoine Pesne's full-length portrait of 1729, now at Charlottenburg Castle, and that the author of the enamel could be Johann Harper.
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