27 November 2007
RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1785
Countess Hedviga Pontusovna Armfeld, in white dress tied in a knot at her corsage, a purple stole over her shoulders, a diaphanous veil falling from her fair hair, wearing the insignia of a lady-in-waiting to Empress Catherine II
oval, 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount
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Née de la Gardie, the sitter was married to the Swedish, later Russian, general of infantry Count Gustav Maksimovich Armfeld; she was appointed lady-in-waiting in 1811, awarded the Order of St. Catherine in 1814, and died in Stockholm in 1832.
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