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Lot 1502: CARL CHRISTIAN VOGEL VON VOGELSTEIN, KING ALBERT OF SAXONIA AS CHILD, oil on canvas (relined), 130 x 97 cm
November 17, 2012
Cologne, GermanyLive Auction
Description: The picture of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg is without doubt one of the most enchanting children's portraits of the 19th century.It depicts the prince, born in 1819, at about six years of age in a violet-blue velvet dress with pale grey fur trim over white pants. Lovingly he holds the head of his rocking horse with the left hand while in the right he holds the whip as a sign of his self-control. For centuries, horses have been an important part of princely education and iconography. In this case, it is only a wooden rocking horse, yet it conveys the standing of this child, the personal radiance of this Prince who would later become one of the most fascinating and beloved personalities of his time. As consort of Queen Victoria, he put his imprint on English politics and the infallibleness of the British constitutional monarchy, still valid today. Prince Albert is considered a progressive innovator in the social and cultural sector and a great champion of new technologies and industrial production. The great love and admiration his wife held for him is also legendary. Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein was called to the Dresden Academy of Arts in 1820, and in 1824 he was appointed court painter to King Frederick August I. There is a replica of this portrait, dated 1833, in the Dresden Gemäldegalerie. At that time, Prince Albert was already 14 years old. It shows the boy in the identical pose and dress, however the green brocade curtain is missing that in this portait emphasises the dignity of the small prince.
VAT: Margin Scheme
Dimensions: 130 x 97 cm
Artist or Maker: CARL CHRISTIAN VOGEL VON VOGELSTEIN
Exhibited: KING ALBERT OF SAXONIA AS CHILD
Medium: oil on canvas (relined)