27 November 2007
GERMAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1740
Christian Ernst Count zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1691-1771), in gilt-studded armour, a leopardskin-bordered pink cloak over his right arm, wearing the red sash and breast-star of the Royal Prussian Order of the Black Eagle and the badge of the Royal Danish Order of the Union Parfaite, powdered wig; landscape background
2 5/16 in. (58 mm.) diam., scrolling gilt-wood frame
Collection of Architect Kurt Jahn (1903-1978), Darmstadt, inv. no. J.25.
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Darmstadt, Residenzschloss, Schlossmuseum, 1974-2007, inv. no. 21049.
Christian Ernst was the 10th child of Count Ludwig Christian zu Stolberg-Gedern with his second wife Princess Christine of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. He ruled the County of Wernigerode (in Saxe-Anhalt) from 1710 to 1771. In 1714 he had to acknowledge the dependency of his lands from Brandenburg-Prussia. From 1735 to 1745 he was councillor to King Christian VI of Denmark. In 1712 he married Sophie Charlotte Countess zu Leiningen-Westerburg with whom he had a son, Heinrich Ernst Count zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1716-1778).
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