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Gabor Melegh "Countess Claudine Rhedey de Kis-Rhede", important miniature on ivory!!, early 1830s
Price: 3900 EUR
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We are dealing here with a portrait of 18/20-year-old and still unmarried (her drfess and hairstyle speak for early 1830s) Countess Claudine Rhedey de Kis-Rhede, future grandmother of Mary of Teck, queen consort to George V of the United Kingdom
The countess was born in her family's castle in Erdöszentgyörgy, Transylvania (then part of Austrian Empire, today Sangeorgiu de Padure, Romania) to Hungarian aristocrat, Count Laszlo Rhedey de Kis-Rhede and his wife, Baroness Agnes Inczedy de Nagy-Varad, a direct descendant of Ferenc Rhedey, the Hungarian prince of Transylvania between 1657 and 1658. At birth, she was styled as Countess Klaudina (Claudine) Rhedey de Kis-Rhede.
In 1835, she married Duke Alexander of Wuerttemberg, the son of Duke Louis of Wuerttemberg, younger brother of King Friedrich I of Wuerttemberg. Due to German laws relating to the line of succession, she was viewed as being of non-royal rank and the marriage was declared morganatic. She was denied the title of Duchess, but was created Countess von Hohenstein on 16 May 1835, shortly after her marriage.
She had three children with her husband - Princess Claudine von Teck (1836-1894), Prince Franz (Francis) of Teck (1837-1900; father of Queen Mary) and Princess Amelie of Teck (1838-1893).
She died in Austria in 1841 after being thrown from her horse and tramped to death in front of a cavalry charge at a military review; other sources say she died in a carriage accident
For her another portraits see our images nr.8-9.
A rarity at the current antique market, this superior quality miniature on ivory is a signed (and clearly one of the artist's final) work of untimely deceased Hungarian miniaturist Gabor Melegh, who was active in the 1st third of the 19th century. Additionally, the strong resemblance of this miniature to the works of Vienna's best miniaturist of the same period, Moritz Michael Daffinger, allows us to suppose that Melegh took lessons from the latter.
Gabor (Gabriel) Melegh was born on May 14, 1801 in Hungarian town Versec (now Vršac in Serbia) and died on April 4, 1832 in Vienna (some sources imply that he died in 1835 in Trieste). He studied at the Vienna Academy and was active in Vienna, Versec and Timisoara (Temesvár) as a painter of genre subjects and portraits in oils and watercolor, as well as miniature. Melegh also worked as an engraver.
Schidlof writes about him the following: "Melegh was a very good artist. His works show a strong influence of Daffinger…".
Provenance: private collection, Switzerland
Condition: fairly good; minor hair-like crack in the upper right area
Creation Year: early 1830s
Measurements:UNFRAMED:8,3x6,8cm/3,3x2,7in FRAMED: 15,0x13,8cm/5,9x5,4in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Gabor (Gabriel) Melegh
Creator Dates: 1801Vršac (Versec)-1832 Vienna
Nationality:Hungarian / Austrian
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