12 June 2006
FRANZ LIEDER (GERMAN, 1780-1859)
Johann Ritter von Sterpin, in uniform of the Austrian Kürassier regiment, white coat with black collar and stock, red-bordered gilt-mounted steel cuirass, wearing the badges of the Imperial Austrian Order of the Army Cross and the Royal Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus of Savoy, dark curled hair and sideburns; sky background
signed and dated 'Lieder a Vienne 1815.' (mid-right)
oval, 4¾ in. (120 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame
Sch*** Collection, Berlin, sold Lempertz, Cologne, 24 November 1976, lot 73 (then sitter unidentified).
Christie's, Geneva, 19 May 1992, lot 140.
with Henninger-Tavcar, Pforzheim.
with David Lavender, London.
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K. Henninger-Tavcar, Miniaturporträts, Pforzheim, 1995, illustrated in colour p. 224.
In 1815, the sitter was Rittmeister in the 2nd Bohemian Kürassier Regiment of Archduke Franz-Joseph of Austria-Este, Duke of Modena.
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