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Graff (fl. 1795/1800) "Portrait of a young aristocrat", important miniature!!, 1790/95
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This miniature portrait is clearly signed "Graff", what as we thought initially indicates that we are dealing with a work of the famous Swiss-German portraitist Anton Graff. Berckenhagen in his Anton Graff's catalogue raisonne (1967) also lists several similiar miniatures on ivory. Nevertheless, the modern specialists in portrait miniatures question Anton Graff's authorship (the latter made only miniatures drawn with silver pencil on whitened parchment) and claim that real author of these, signed "Graff" miniatures on ivory was another Graff whose first name is still unknown. This group of miniatures (including three in our possession) shows strong French influence what could be a sign of artist's long stay (study?) in France. In each case it seems that he worked in different European countries. At 1800 he is mentioned as working at the Wuerttemberg court in Stuttgart.
Provenance: auction house "Schlosser" Bamberg/Germany, March 28th 2009, lot 407
Condition: good; in original German neoclassical frame
Creation Year: 1790/95
Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,0x4,0cm/2,0x1,6in FRAMED: 5,4x6,4cm/2,1x2,5in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator Dates: was active btwn. 1795-1800
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