9 December 2008
PIETRO DE ROSSI (RUSSIAN, 1761-1831)
Princess Alexandrine Saltykova, in white satin dress with mink collar and cuffs, pearl necklace with emerald-cut sapphire and pearl clasp, Prussian blue velvet bow and hat adorned with ostrich plumes, chestnut hair dressed in ringlets, her left arm leaning on a royal blue velvet pillow with gold embroidery and tassels; damask curtain with gilt tie-back and classicising landscape background
signed and dated 'P de Rossi f: 1828.' (lower left)
rectangular, 4 1/8 x 4 1/16 in. (106 x 103 mm.), ormolu frame with concentric waterleaf and tongue and scroll and trefoil borders, elaborate foliate motifs and medallions adorning the spandrels, ornately scrolled and festooned frame wings
The sitter's daughter, Anastasia Sergeyevna Saltykova (1810-1853), Imperial Russian lady-in-waiting and wife of Royal Norwegian Embassy Counsellor Christian Fredrik Jacob von Munthe af Morgenstierne (1806-1886).
Their only daughter Alexandra Cathrine Henriette von Munthe af Morgenstierne (1838-1881), wife of Christian Carl Otto Lasson (1830-1893).
Their fifth child Marie Lasson (b. 1864).
Thence by family descent.
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