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Moritz Kellerhoven "Count v. Rumford and his second wife", two rediscovered miniatures!!, 1792/95 2700 EUR - 25% DISCOUNT = 2025,00 EUR
Moritz Kellerhoven "Count v. Rumford and his second wife", two rediscovered miniatures!!, 1792/95
2700 EUR - 25% DISCOUNT = 2025,00 EUR
Acquired in early 2011 from Hamburg private collection this pair of miniature portraits of a high-ranking military officer with blue sash and embroidered breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle and of his wife turned out to be very importrant works of well known Munich portrait painter (also miniaturist - see our image nr.19) of late 18th - early 19th century Moritz Kellerhoven. And the sitters are respectively the famous Anglo-American physicist and inventor, General in Bavarian service, Sir Benjamin Thompson (in Germany raised to Reichsgraf (Count of Holy Roman Empire) von Rumford (1753-1814) and his second wife Marie-Anne, widow of French chemist Antoine Lavoisier. Count Rumford's portrait by Kellerhoven was till today visually known only through two engravings (see our images nr.10-11) and an oil painting in London National Gallery (image nr.12; it is a copy after one of these prints (the copyist surely painted it on base of a black-and-white print - he shows the sash of Polish order as red instead blue!)).
Moritz Kellerhoven (1758 Altenrath, Duchy Berg - 1830 Munich) lost his father at a very early age and, still as a little boy, came to Dusseldorf to live in the house of his uncle who was a priest in this city. From the age of 17 he attended the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, where his teacher was Lambert Krahl. He continued his studies in Antwerp, London and Paris. In 1779 he moved to Vienna and in 1782 to Italy. Kellerhoven became a very popular church painter, and Elector Karl Theodor invited him to work as a court artist in Munich.
Condition: fairly good; both are laid on joint velvet mount and set into a frame of 1st half of 19th century
Creation Year: 1792/95
Measurements: UNFRAMED:11,7x9,7cm/4,6x3,8in FRAMED: 25,0x30,0cm/9,8x11,8in
Object Type: Framed miniatures
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: both: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Moritz Kellerhoven
Creator Dates: 1758 Altenrath-1830 Munich
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