Auction Results: Winterhalter Portraits @ Sotheby’s

February 25, 2015 § 4 Comments

513a 54 Putbus - Copy   658 58 Putbus Copy II

To follow up my two earlier posts, both portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter were sold at Sotheby’s London on 24 February 2015. Lot 173, Portrait of Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottumsold for £ 32,500 / € 44,255 / AUD 64,652. The portrait of her daughter-in-law, Wanda Fürstin von und zu Putbus (Lot 174), sold for £ 31,250 / € 42,553 / AUD 62,165.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2015

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Portrait of Wanda Fürstin von und zu Putbus (1837-1867) @ Sotheby’s

February 22, 2015 § 3 Comments

658 58 Putbus Copy II

Portrait of Wanda Fürstin von und zu Putbus (1837-1867) @ Sotheby’s

The second portrait consigned to Sotheby’s represents daughter-in-law of Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottum, whose portrait was discussed in the previous post.

It represents Wanda-Marie von Veltheim-Bartensleben, Fürstin v.u.z. Putbus (1837-67) [1858, Paris; oil on canvas, 100 x 81.5 cm, cat. no. 658], who was the eldest of two daughters, and the eldest of the three children, of Georg Albrecht Karl Freiherr von Veltheim-Bartensleben (1812-74) and his first wife, Asta-Luise Gräfin zu Putbus (1812-1850). In July 1857, shortly before her twentieth birthday, she married Wilhelm-Malthus, Graf von Wylich und Lottum (1833-1907), her first cousin, second son of her maternal aunt and future mother-in-law, Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottum (1809-94). The couple had five daughters, the three eldest of whom would inherit their father’s sovereign titles in succession. She was a regular fixture at social entertainments in Berlin, an expert huntress, and a hostess par excellence, entertaining a number of notable guests, including Otto von Bismark, at the family’s castle on the island of Rügen. The Princess died of puerperal fever sixteen days after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Wanda-Augusta, on 18 December 1867, aged 30 years and six months. Her sudden death was deeply lamented by her close friend, Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia (later Empress of Germany).

The Princess is shown standing, at three-quarter-length, in half-turn to the left, and facing the viewer. Her hair is parted in the middle, brushed back and arranged in chignon and neck-length curls. She is wearing a black silk or satin travelling dress with white lace collar and a large black and red bow at the front; with black ruches, lace and other details on the sleeves and bodice. A large wrap is thrown around arms; light-brown leather gloves are worn. Her jewellery comprises of gold and jet earrings and a small (watch?) chain at her waist. The princess is shown against a bright red background, presumably the artist’s studio curtain.

The portrait was most likely commissioned to commemorate the sitter’s wedding in 1857 to Wilhelm-Malthus, Fürst v.u.z. Putbus (1833-1907). As Winterhalter was at the height of his career at the time, with the waiting list of up to two years, it is quite possible that the young bride may have waited for more than six months to have her portrait painted. The choice of a travelling / day dress is unusual in Winterhalter’s oeuvre. The large black wrap suggests that the portrait may have been painted either in winter or early spring of 1858 when the Princess was six to seven months pregnant.  The strict and voluminous garments may have been chosen for the portrait to partially disguise her pregnancy.

Incidentally, the Princess was also painted by Richard Lauchert (oil on canvas, signed and dated as painted in 1863, Jagdschloss Granitz). Richard Lauchert was a pupil of F.X. Winterhalter, and also a cousin by marriage to Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia, who commissioned a number of portraits from Lauchert and also recommended him to her mother, Queen Victoria. Wanda was a personal friend of the Crown Princess, and it is quite likely that the latter may have recommended Lauchert for the later portrait commission.

The portrait will be offered at Sotheby’s London, Of Royal and Noble Descent, 24 Feb 2015, lot 174 (est. £25,000-35,000). See http://www.sothebys.com/

I would like to thank Sotheby’s for acknowledging my assistance with cataloguing this work.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2015.

Portrait of Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottum (1809-1894) @ Sotheby’s

February 21, 2015 § 3 Comments

513a 54 Putbus - Copy

Portrait of Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottum (1809-1894) @ Sotheby’s

Two important portraits have been consigned to Sotheby’s from a private collection.

The first one depicts Clothilde Gräfin von Wylich und Lottum (1809-1894 née Gräfin und Herrin von und zu Putbus) [1854, Paris; oil on canvas, 82 x 63 cm; cat no 513a]. She was the eldest of five daughters and second of six children of Wilhelm-Malthus Reichsgraf zu Putbus (1783-1854) by his wife, Luise von Lauterbach (1784-1860). In 1828, at the age of 19, she married Hermann Frederick, Graf von Wylich und Lottum (1796-1847), who was thirteen years her senior. He was a chamberlain at the Prussian court and the minister at Naples for a number of years. The couple had three children, two sons and a daughter, the youngest of whom, Wilhelm-Mathus, inherited his maternal grandfather’s estates and titles as a sovereign prince of Putbus, an extensive appanage within the Pomeranian region of present-day Germany.

The countess is depicted at half-length, against a neutral olive-green background, in half-turn to the left, and facing the viewer. The hair is parted in the middle and arranged on both sides in neck-length curls. She is wearing a black dress with plunging neckline edged with two deep valances of white lace, black silk ruches, and further detailing on the bust and sleeves. A brown fur stole is thrown around her arms.

The black dress of the countess reflects her status as widow (her husband died in 1847), but also as a sign of mourning for her father, Wilhelm Malthus, 1st Fürst v.u.z. Putbus who died in September 1854. The portrait, therefore, was quite likely to have been commissioned to commemorate her succession to her father’s sovereign titles, and would have been painted in the late autumn or early winter of 1854, which also explains the reason why the countess poses wrapped in furs.

The portrait has become the official representation of the sovereign countess, having been lithographed by Gustav Heinrich Gottlob Feckert (1820-1899), and copied at least once.

The portrait will be offered at Sotheby’s London, Of Royal and Noble Descent, 24 Feb 2015, lot 173 (est. £20,000-30,000). See http://www.sothebys.com/

I would like to thank Sotheby’s for acknowledging my assistance with cataloguing this work.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2015.

Sales Results: Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium

April 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Charlotte Belgium 1845 Winterhalter

Dear Friends,

Apologies for a prolonged silence – I’ve been travelling a bit, visiting some truly amazing places, public museums, royal palaces, private collections, auction houses, and art galleries in search of works by Winterhalter brothers. I will share some of my findings in the subsequent blogs.

But, firstly, an update on a previous blog.

On 9 and 10 January 2014 I posted an entry about Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium, which was coming up for sale at Sotheby’s New York – see https://franzxaverwinterhalter.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/portrait-of-princess-charlotte-of-belgium-1840-1927-c-1845-46-cat-no-311b-sothebys-new-york-part-1/ and https://franzxaverwinterhalter.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/portrait-of-princess-charlotte-of-belgium-1840-1927-c-1845-46-cat-no-311b-sothebys-new-york-part-2/

I am truly thrilled to share with you that this beautiful painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter and His Studio, which was estimated at USD $ 60,000-80,000, was sold for USD $ 75,000.

The sales result for this painting represents to me a further example of the general increase in value of works by Franz Xaver Winterhalter at auction (as opposed to gallery / retail market which has a different and / or independent price structure).

Two more portraits by the Winterhalter brothers (that I am aware of) are about to be sold in France, so it will be interesting to see whether the example set by the New York sale will be repeated in Europe. More details to follow.

http://www.sothebys.com/

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 4]

January 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Charlotte Belgium 1845 Winterhalter

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 4]

As it has become customary with my blog entries, here is a note regarding the sitter’s descendants:

HRH Marie Charlotte Amélie Auguste Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine, Princess of Belgium (Château de Laeken, near Brussels 7.06.1840-Château de Bouchout, Belgium 19.01.1927), m. 27.07.1857 HI & RH Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph, Archduke of Austria, Palatine of Hungary, cr. 1864 HIM Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico (Vienna 6.07.1832-excecuted Queretaro, Mexico 19.06.1867)

All historians and biographers agree that Charlotte and Maximilian had no children. To the best of my knowledge, the allegations that Charlotte had an affair with the Belgian General, Baron Alfred Louis Adolphe Graves van der Smissen (1823-1895), and gave birth to Maxime Weygand (1867-1965), the future French General and Military Commander [see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxime_Weygand], are still contested.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

 

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 3]

January 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Charlotte Belgium 1845 Winterhalter

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 3]

As it has become customary with my blog entries, here is an abbreviated ancestry of the sitter, limited to the first three generations:

  1. Marie Charlotte Amélie Auguste Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine, Princess of Belgium (Château de Laeken, near Brussels 7.06.1840-Château de Bouchout, Belgium 19.01.1927)
  2. Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld, cr. 1831 Leopold I, King of the Belgians (1790-1865), m.2nd 1832
  3. Princesse Louise-Marie Thérèse Charlotte Isabelle d’Orléans, Mlle de Chartres (1812-1850)
  4. Franz Friedrich Anton Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750- 1806), m.2nd 1777
  5. Auguste Karolina Sophia Gräfin Reuss zu Ebersdorf (1757-1831)
  6. Louis-Philippe d’Orléans, Duc de Valois, Duc de Chartres, Duc d’Orléans, cr. 1830 Louis-Philippe, King of the French (1773- 1850), m.1809
  7. Donna Maria Amelia Teresa di Borbone, Principessa delle Due Sicilie (1782-1866)
  8. Ernst Friedrich Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld (1724- 1800), m.1749
  9. Sofie Antonie Herzogin von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1724-1802, aunt to Ivan IV of Russia)
  10. Heinrich XXIV Graf Reuss zu Lobenstein von Ebersdorf (1724-1779), m.1754
  11. Karoline Ernestine Gräfin zu Erbach-Schonberg (1727-1796)
  12. Louis Philippe Joseph, Duc d’Orléans, dit Philippe Egalité (1747-guillotined Paris 6.11.1793), m.1769
  13. Mlle Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre (1753-1821)
  14. Ferdinando I Antonio Pasquale Giovanni Nepomuceno Serafino Gennaro Benedetto di Borbone, King of Two Sicilies (1751-1825), m.1st 1768
  15. Maria Carolina Louise Josepha Johanna Antonia, Archduchess of Austria, Princess Palatine of Hungary (1752-1814, sister of Queen Marie-Antoinette)

 To be continued…

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 2]

January 10, 2014 § 1 Comment

Charlotte Belgium 1845 Winterhalter

Portrait of Princess Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927), c.1845-46 (cat no 311b) @ Sotheby’s New York [Part 2]

The tragic story of Princess Charlotte of Belgium is only too well known to relate within these pages, but it would suffice to say that she was the only daughter of Leopold I, King of the Belgians, and his second wife, Princess Louise-Marie d’Orléans, the eldest daughter of Louis-Philippe, King of the French. She was a beautiful and intelligent child, especially favoured by her cousin, Queen Victoria of England. After the premature death of her mother in 1850, Charlotte’s education and upbringing was supervised by her grandmother, Marie-Amélie, Queen of the French, now living in exile in England.

Leopold I realised his political and dynastic ambitions by arranging in 1857 Charlotte’s marriage to Maximilian, Archduke of Austria, a brother of the Emperor Franz-Joseph. The same year Maximilian was appointed Viceroy of Lombardy and Venetia, then under the Austrian control, and Charlotte did much social, welfare, and charitable work to alleviate the anti-Austrian sentiment of the local populace.

In 1864 the political and diplomatic manoeuvring of Napoléon III brought Maximilian the crown of Mexico. Charlotte dutifully followed her husband to the New World, where she was instrumental in establishing a proper court, and where once again she endeared herself to the local populace through her philanthropy, charitable works, and frequent visits to the poorer areas of the newly-created Empire.

As the social and political situation in Mexico worsened, Charlotte famously travelled in 1867 to France to demand military and financial assistance from Napoléon III. During the interview with the Emperor, she suffered a nervous and mental breakdown, from which she never recovered. Pronounced clinically insane, Charlotte spent the next sixty years of her life being cared for by her Belgian relatives, and dying in 1927 a few months short of her 87th birthday.

To be continued…

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2014

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