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Friedrich J. G. Lieder (1780-1859) "Portrait of Baroness Josefa von Braun", important miniature!, 1810
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This miniature depicts a lady wearing a red Empire dress, with distant landscape view in her background. This work has been believed by its previous owners (heirs of a highly noble Hungarian family living in Germany) to be a portrait of the famous French novelist, essayist, and philosopher of the turn of 19th century, Madame de Staël (see our additional image of old photograph of this miniature with pre-owner's commentary).
From September 2006 (time of acquisition) until January 2008 we have believed this information to be true and regarded this portrait as one of the aforementioned lady. However, recently, while browsing through books in our private library, we discovered in one of them (F.X. Jirik "Miniatura. A drobna podobizna v dobe empirove a probuzenské v Cechách" Prague 1930) this miniature to be one in a pair of portraits of Austrian banker by the name Baron Peter von Braun and his wife Baroness Josefa von Braun, nee Baroness von Högelmüller. Both portraits were painted in 1810 by one of the most important Austrian miniaturists, Friedrich Johann Gottlieb Lieder.
Our last additional image shows another miniature portrait by this artist, very likely depicting the same Mme Braun. This portrait was executed in 1811, i.e. one year later than ours.
The husband of our lady-sitter, Baron Peter Anton von Braun (1758-1819) was a very wealthy silk-mill owner; from 1794 - director of both court theaters in Vienna; from 1796 - court banker. He was a great patron of the arts and sciences, and composed some music pieces of his own. From 1796 to 1817, he and his family lived in the famous Castle Schonau by Baden (especially known for its magnificent park) near Vienna. In 1817, the family moved to Castle Alt Erlaa in Viennese suburb, where in 1819 baron committed suicide.
Unfortunately, we could not find enough information concerning his wife (our sitter). The reference literature only mentions her in connection with the great Beethoven, who dedicated two (!) of his piano sonatas - Sonata no. 9 (composed in 1798) and Sonata no. 10 (composed in 1798/99) - to her (!!).
Friedrich Johann Gottlieb Lieder (1780 Potsdam - 1859 Budapest), called Franz Lieder, was a very well-known Austro-German portraitist, portrait miniature painter and lithograph artist of the first half of the 19th century, father of another well-known portraitist Friedrich Lieder the Younger (1807-1884). He was born in Potsdam in 1780 and already at the age of 17 in 1797 debuted in the Academical Exhibition of Berlin. In 1802 he exhibited a portrait of Napoleon in Potsdam and moved to Paris in 1804 to become pupil of David at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He was then active in Budapest as a popular portraitist of the Hungarian aristocracy and further painted portraits in Pressburg (Bratislava) and Tyrnau. From 1810 he lived in Vienna where he was strongly influenced by works of the famous French miniaturist Johann Baptiste Isabey. The Vienna Congress (1815-1816) brought him special popularity as portraitist. From 1820 the artist was active alternately in Vienna and Budapest. In 1824 he became member of the Vienna Academy. Lieder died in 1859 in Budapest. He can be seen as one of the best Austrian portrait painters. Many of his works belong to collections of major international museums such as the Metropolitan Art Museum, New York, etc.
Condition: fairly good; one minimal crack at 4:30 o'clock; in magnificent original empire frame
Creation Year: ca 1810
Measurements: UNFRAMED:9,0x8,0cm/3,5x3,1in FRAMED: 12,0x11,0cm/4,7x4,3in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed: F.Lieder pinx. (covered by frame)
Creator: Friedrich Johann Gottlieb Lieder the Elder
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Creator Dates: 1780 Potsdam-1859 Budapest
Nationality: Austrian / German
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