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# 42387

Moritz Michael Daffinger "Josef, Count Bethlen von Bethlen", important miniature!!, 1830s

Price: 7500  EUR

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This superior quality miniature had transcended in last 170/180 years through several generations of ownership in Vienna. It is an original work of Austria's best miniaturist of the first half of the 19th century, Moritz Michael Daffinger, which sibce begin of 20th century was thought to be a portrait of an anonymous Hungarian aristocrat. Through indebt Web research, we were able to establish the true identity of this gentleman (see our images nr.8-9). His name was Josef (Jozsef), Count Bethlen von Bethlen (1798-1846). He was a member of well-known Hungarian aristocratic family living in the Austrian province Siebenbuergen (now - part of Romania) and an Imperial chamberlain. In 1820, he married Barbara, Countess Haller von Hallerstein, with whom he had six children. His wife was a "Sternkreuzordendame" (i.e. bearer of the Austrian Ladies Order of Star Cross - an award allowing her access to Imperial Court in Vienna).

Moritz Michael Daffinger (1790 Vienna -1849 ibidem) is considered truly the best Austrian portrait miniature painter of all times. He was born as son of the porcelain painter Johann Daffinger, began at the age of 11 years as apprentice at the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory where he studied under Fueger's pupil Michael Weixelbaum. From 1802 he studied at the Vienna Academy under Huber and Maurer. Simultaneously he was one of the best porcelain painters at the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory. Especially popular were his portraits of the Austrian royal family and courtiers, painted on plates, cups and vases. Around 1809 he began to paint portraits on ivory. During the time of the Vienna Congress, Daffinger was already a requested and very appreciated portraitist. The presence of the English portraitist Thomas Lawrence in Vienna during the Congress influenced his art remarkably. Already in the early 1820's Daffinger was portraitist of the royal family and the main noble families of Austria. Works by him can be found in the most important world museum collections and achieve at the international art market very high prices (up to USD 150,000).

Provenance:
1) Au´ction house "Albert Kende", Vienna, April 23, 1917, Lot 1504 (see our image nr.12)
2) Collection Julius and Camilla Priester / Vienna (until 1938; see our image nr.11)
3) looted by the Nazi-Regime in 1938
4) restituted to Julius Priester / Mexico City on July 25, 1947
5) Heirs of Julius Priester (until 1999)
6) auction house "Dorotheum" / Vienna, November 18, 1998, lot 315 (see our image nr.10)
7) auction house "Dorotheum" / Vienna, November 19, 1999, lot 303
8) private collection / Vienna
9) antique trade / Vienna (acquired in March 2018)

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Condition: good; still set into remainder of an original (leather) traveling case; glass with minimal chip at 11:30 o'clock

Creation Year: 1830s

Measurements:UNFRAMED:8,5x7,0cm/3,3x2,8in FRAMED: 12,6x10,5cm/5,0x4,1in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription:signed "Daffinger"

Creator: Moritz Michael Daffinger

Creator Dates: 1790 Vienna-1849 Vienna

Nationality:Austrian

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