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Peter Ernst Rockstuhl "Charlotte Gertrude von Fircks from Courland", superb miniature, 1802?
Price: 7500 EUR
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Peter Ernst Rockstuhl, portrait miniature and silhouette artist was born in 1764 in Angern (then Duchy of Courland, now Engure, Latvia) and died in 1824 in St. Petersburg. According to Dr. Wilhelm Neumann, author of the "Dictionary of Baltic artists", published in 1908, Rockstuhl's birthplace was possibly Warsaw; Ernst Lemberger says it was "Angern in Courland" (Latvia). Further Lemberger mentions that the artist worked in Mitau (now Jelgava, Latvia) and Riga, in 1789 was in Vilna, later moved to St. Petersburg, where remained until his death in 1824. Nobody can say when exactly he came to St. Petersburg. It was for sure after 1798 (in this year his son Alois Gustav was born in Vilna). So it must have been between 1800 and 1804. In the Russian capital the artist soon became a very popular miniaturist, whose sitters were members of the high aristocracy and royalties. T.A. Selinova could located over 100 of his works that survived time. They are mainly in Russian public collections (25 miniatures in the Historical Museum Moscow and more than 10 works are in the Russian Museum and Hermitage). Only few are in private hands.
Provenance: antique store in Heidelberg, Germany
Condition: good; in original brass frame with drawing in eglomise technique on verso
Creation Year: 1802(?)
Measurements:UNFRAMED:7,0x5,8cm/2,8x2,3in FRAMED: 7,5x6,3cm/3,0x2,5in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (oval)
Inscription:signed: Rockstuhl fec.; titled on frame's front; verso: sitter's initials "CF"
Creator: Peter Ernst Rockstuhl
Creator Dates: 1764 Angern, Latvia-1824 St. Petersburg
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