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Peter Mayr "Johann Fromme, Rittmeister of Bavarian 4th Chevaulegers Regiment", miniature, 1824
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Erroneous, pre-owner's (Polish private estate) family legend said it would be a portrait of Napoleon's Marshall Prince Jozef Poniatowski. In reality, it is a portrait of a (according to uniform; regulation of 1814-1826) Rittmeister (cavalry captain; three tabs on colar) of the Bavarian 4th (see number "4" on buttons (these numbers were introduced in 1814)) Chevaulegers Regiment "König". He is decorated with a bar of a Chevalier Cross of the French Order of Legion of Honor and with Austrian Officer "Canon Cross" (for participants in Liberation (anti-Napoleonic) Wars of 1813/15; besides Austrian officers this cross obtained some foreigners (see our image nr.8).
Through profound research on Web we came to identity of this man - the only Rittmeister of 4th Chevaulegers in mentioned period (1814-1826) who possessed both aforementioned awards and no other. His name was Johann Fromme. In ranks of 4th Chevaulegers he fighted in Austrian (1809), Russian (1812), Saxonian (1813) and French (1814/15) campaigns. On 19th August 1813 (Bavaria was still ally of Napoleon) Unterlieutenant Fromme from 4th Chevaulegers was awarded Chevalier Cross of Napoleonic Legion of Honor. On 25th May 1814 (Bavaria is already in anti-Napoleonic coalition) he was raised to Oberlieutenant. Ten yeras later, on 27th May 1824 (as before he serves in 4th Chevaulegers) he is promoted to Rittmeister (we are sure he ordered this portrait just thereafter). Several years later he was sent to pension with simultaneous promotion to "major of reserve". He died on 26 July 1843 in Augsburg.
This miniature is a very typical and absolutely authentic work of well-own Bavarian portrait miniaturist from the turn of 19th century, who lived in 4th Regiment's disposition town Augsburg, Peter Mayr (see also other works of this artist in our possession).
Peter Mayr (1758 Freiburg in Breisgau - 1836 Munich) worked as a miniaturist in Augsburg and Munich. Miniatures by him are on view at the Landesgewerbe Museum, Stuttgart, as well as in the Städt. Maximilians Museum, Augsburg, National Museum, Munich, etc.
Provenance: Polish private estate; Auction House Leo Spik, Berlin, 18 June 2005, Lot 1271.
Condition: good, in original wood with brass frame.
Creation Year: 1824
Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,0x4,8cm/2,4x1,9in FRAMED: 15,0x11,0cm/5,9x4,3in
Object Type: Framed painting
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Peter Mayr
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Creator Dates: 1758 Freiburg-1836 Munich
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