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D.N. Chodowiecki-School "Hauptmann Friedrich von Helldorff", interesting portrait miniature!!, 1792
Price: 1900 EUR
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According to old authentic legend on verso (surely written by one of sitter's descendants), we are dealing with painted in 1792 miniature portrait of Friedrich…, Freyherr (Baron) von Helldorff who was a Hauptmann (captain) of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr.27 (Regiment "von Knobelsdorff"; named so after its chief, General-Field-Marshal Alexander Friedrich von Knobelsdorff; see our image nr.8, as well as our web # 35409). He was killed on the 13th of July 1794 at Johanniskreuz by town Trippstadt (now in German province Rheinland-Pfalz); this battle from the period of so-called "Wars of First Coalition" is known in France as "Battle of the Vosges" and as "Battle of Trippstadt" in Germany - see our image nr.9; also CLICK HERE).
Our image nr.10 shows a clips from "Neues Preussisches Adels-Lexicon", Leipzig, 1842; its pages 397-398 provide the information about family of Barons von Helldorff - one of the eldest Saxonian noble houses. There we find a mention to our captain: "In den neusten Zeiten theilt sich diese Familie in zwei Zweige. Von dern älteren Zweige diente Friedrich v. Helldorf während der Rhein-Campagne in der preussischer Armee und starb als Capitain beim von Knobelsdorff'schen Infenterieregimente von einer feindlichen Kugel durch die Brust getroffen am 14. Juli 1794, auf dem Johanniskreuz, den Tod fürs Vaterland" (English: "In recent times, this family is divided in two branches. Friedrich v. Helldorff from the old branch served in the Prussian Army during the Rhein campaign and gave life for his Fatherland as captain of Knobelsdorff Infantry Regiment dying of a bullet wound in the chest on the 14th of July 1794 at Johanniskreuz).
Unfortunately, besides this scarce information, we were unable to find anything else concerning this Saxonian gentleman in Prussian service…
As our comparison images nr.11-15 show, this miniature strongly resembles works of well-known Prussian artist Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki (who was also a 1st-class miniaturist) and could well be a work of one of the latter's pupils.
Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki (1726 Danzig - 1801 Berlin) started to paint small watercolor miniatures on parchment as box insets already at the age of fifteen. Quite soon he became a pupil of the Augsburg painter Haid, who introduced him to enamel painting. Later Chodowiecki studied under Bernhard Rode and tried to paint in oil. However, his favorite technique became the art of etching, so that miniature, enamel and oil painting had to take second place to his new occupation. Chodowiecki established good connections to the editors of pocket calendars in Berlin, Gotha, Goettingen. For them he created his most typical illustration series. The artist drew those small-size illustratrions and let different engravers make etchings of them.
Provenance: private English collection
Condition: good; matting is somewhat soiled; in original brass frame
Creation Year: 1792
Measurements:UNFRAMED:6,5x5,3cm/2,6x2,1in FRAMED: 18,8x15,8cm/7,4x6,2in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory; matted and framed
Inscription:verso: old legend and date of execution "1792"
Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Creator Dates: 1726 Danzig-1801 Berlin
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