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Hans Joachim Brunschweiler "Married couple Wildbolz from Bern", two fine miniatures, 1835
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The authentic old legends on verso of both miniatures inform us that they are (executed in 1835) portraits of certain Mr. Wildbolz and his wife, Mrs Wildbolz, nee Oberheusser (she is also mentioned as "a bride" of certain artist by the name "König" (Koenig)). In 1835, there were no listed artists by the name "König" capable of painting miniatures of such refined quality. What is more, we strongly believe that these two miniatures are typical works of well-known Swiss-German miniaturist Hans Joachim Brunschweiler, who was in 1835 living and working in his native country (Switzerland; for comparison, see our web #34158). Similarly, the depicted spouses are Swiss or - to be precise - citizens of Swiss town Bern. Their names are Carl Ludwig and Carolina Wildbolz.
The husband - Carl Ludwig Wildbolz - was born in 1798 (or 1799) in village Jegenstorf, canton Bern, where his father was a priest. His studies of "Kameralia" (Cameralism) at the University of Goettingen were followed by an official's career of a "Baukassier" in Bern. In 1826, he received a promotion and became a "Feldkassaverwalter"; in 1827 - a "Musterungskommissär"; in 1831 - "Gross-major" and member of the city council and - in 1832 - secretary of "Burgrat".
Back in 1824 he married his future wife Carolina. He died in Bern in 1868.
Hans Joachim Brunschweiler (1770 Erlen in Thurgau, Switzerland - 1853 ibidem) was a self-taught miniaturist. He began his career by accompanying a traveling theater group as a decoration painter, and in 1793 was mentioned in Zurich as a copyist and "Flachmaler". Soon he turned to portrait genre and in the years to follow was active in Winterthur, Lucerne, Bern and Schaffhausen.
Obviously, sometime in this period, he "crossed" the border and began working in South Germany. In any case, we know that in 1816 Brunschweiler produced portraits of the Princess of Fuerstenberg that were later followed by those of the Prince of Hohenlohe, the King of Wuerttemberg and the Grand Duchess of Baden. In about 1820 he worked in St. Gallen; in about 1830 - in Fraeunfeld and later returned to his native Erlen.
Works of this artist can be viewed in museums of Bregenz, Donaueschingen, Nancy, as well as in various esteemed privated collections (CLICK HERE FOR OTHER WORKS OF THIS ARTIST IN OUR POSSESSION).
Provenance: private collection, Switzerland
Condition: both miniatures are in good condition; both are framed in original Biedermeier frames
Creation Year: 1835
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,5x7,5cm/3,0x3,0in FRAMED: 12,8x12,6cm/5,0x5,0in
Object Type: Framed miniatures
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: both: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: both: legend on verso
Creator: Hans Joachim Brunschweiler
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Creator Dates: 1770 Erlen-1853 Erlen
Nationality: Swiss / German
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