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"Tableau with three miniatures of Russian interest", 18th century

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Offered here is a tableau housing three miniature portraits. These portraits - as we thought initially - shared only one common criteria: all three portrayed sitters are decorated with Russian Imperial awards. We thought (as we bought this piece from an English Ebay seller) that probably the portraits were affixed onto this tableau by an early-19th-century collector, who wished to jointly display his three miniatures of Russian interest.
However, following our brief research, we arrived at the conclusion that all three sitters were also very likely allied with one another by lineage, and that they were all associated with the Royal House of German Duchy Holstein-Gottorp. The key to this conclusion was in the establishing of identity of the "middle" sitter - a young gentleman in military uniform with blue sash of the (highest) Russian Imperial award, Order of St. Andrew the First-Called. As our images nr.6-8 convincingly demonstrate, this gentleman is none other than Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Karl Peter Ulrich. In 1742, at the age of 14 (it was already then that he was awarded St. Andrew Order!), he was brought to Russia by Empress Elisabeth I, in order to be made her future successer. Consequently, he was given a new name - Pyotr Fedorovich, Grand Duke of Russia. In 1745, Elisabeth arranged for Peter to marry his second cousin, Sophia Augusta Frederica, Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst (future Empress Catherine the Great). In 1762, after the death of Elisabeth I, Peter gained the Russian Throne as Emperor Peter III (CLICK HERE).
This somewhat naive oil on metal miniature portrait of him was painted by (obviously Russian) artist between 1750 an 1760 (according to the regulation of the uniform worn by Peter).
The sitter in the (first from the left) miniature is probably one of the German relatives of Peter III. Although he wears a non-Russian uniform, he is decorated with signs (red sash and breast star) of the Russian Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky (the 2nd in order of precession after St. Andrew Order).and neck cross of the Order of St. Anna of 1st class (was borne (instead breast star on right chest) if the siter was also in posdsession of St. Alexander Nevsky) The list of 18th-century recipients of this order mentions several Holstein-Gottorp princes. This middle-aged gentleman is likely one of them. We estimate the date of this portrait's execution also as 1750s.
And finally, we would like to mention the sitter in the third (first from the right) miniature portrait, who is wearing armor and is decorated with red (with yellow edges) sash of the Russian St. Anna Order. Once again, the list of 18th-century recipients of this order mentions several representatives of the Royal House Holstein-Gottorp. This oil on copper miniature appears to have also been made in the 1750s.

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Condition: good to fairly good

Creation Year: 18th Century

Measurements: UNFRAMED:3,5x2,8cm/1,4x1,1in FRAMED: 16,5x24,4cm/6,5x9,6in

Object Type: tableau with miniatures

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: two miniatures: oil on metal; third miniature: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: -

Creator: Russian School
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Creator Dates: -

Nationality: Russian

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