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Moritz Michael Daffinger "Franz Joseph I in Age of 16 Years", Outstanding Watercolor!!, 1845/46
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The whereabouts of this, one of the most important works of Moritz Michael Daffinger with a portrait of the young Archduke Franz (1830-1916; future Kaiser Franz Josef I of Austria) was unknown for over 60 Years, since the last publication in the artist's monography by Emil Pirchan ("Moritz Michael Daffinger. Miniaturmaler des Vormaerz", Vienna, 1943, Plate 49; see also our additional image # 12).
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).
Condition: good, in biedermeier gilded frame. Matted and framed. Unframed measurements refer to mat size. Image: 17 x 12,1 cm
Creation Year: 1845/46
Measurements:UNFRAMED:24,0x18,5cm/9,4x7,3in FRAMED: 34,0x26,3cm/13,4x10,4in
Object Type:Portrait miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on card (painted in oval)
Inscription:signed right: Daffinger and titled lower middle: E(rz)h(erzog) Franz
Creator: Moritz Michael Daffinger
Creator Dates: 1790 Vienna-1849 Vienna
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