Lot 523
  • 523

An important Empire gilt-bronze and mahogany pole screen, by Johannes Klinckerfuß & Casimir Muench, with original embroidery by Queen Charlotte Auguste Mathilde of Württemberg, daughter of King George III of England, wife of King Frederik of Württemberg circa 1810-1820

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 EUR
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Description

  • Two inventory labels: "Rosenstein", "König Wilhelm II"
  • Height 145cm.
the concave-sided stepped base raised on leaf-tip cast circular feet supporting a very fine gilt-bronze mounted and mahogany baluster-shaped stem topped with gilt-bronze pine apple finial, holding an adjustable frame depicting an original embroidery

Provenance

King Wilhelm I of Württemberg (1781-1864), Schloss Rosenstein, Stuttgart; King Wilhelm II of Württemberg (1848-1921), Villa Marienwahl near Ludwigsburg; thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

W. Wiese, 1988, Z48, shows a comparable pole screen. A related jardinière by Johannes Klinckerfuß and Casimir Münch was offered at Christie's, Amsterdam, in December 2003.

Catalogue Note

Johannes Klinckerfuß (1770-1831) was trained by his father Philipp Klinckerfuß and Hartmann Gürtler (1753-1812). In 1789 he joined the Roentgen manufacture to complete his training as ebenist and menusier. David Roentgen intended to employ him as head of the projected St. Petersburg branch of his company. The beginning of the First War of Coalitions in 1792 set an end to this plan. A different challenge was found at the Court of Duchess Dorothee Sophie of Wurttemberg (1736-1798). Shortly after the Duchess had moved to Stuttgart when her husband Duke Friedrich Eugen succeeded to the throne in 1795 he was appointed Kabinettebenist to the Court in 1799. He held this position until 1812, when he established his own manufacture, but continued to produce furniture for the Royal Court to his death in 1831.

There is very few information on the work of Casimir Münch who held the position of Hofziseleur at the Court of Stuttgart.

Queen Charlotte Auguste Mathilde of Württemberg, eldest daughter of King George III of England, Princess Royal (1766-1828) was the second wife of King Frederick of Württemberg (1754-1816). The wedding took place at St. James' Palace in London in 1797. Queen Charlotte who remained childless devoted her time to the education of the children born during the first marriage of King Frederick with Princess Augustine Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. it is worth mentioning that she was also the godmother of Queen Victoria of England. She was not only a very skilled needleworker, but also painted porcelain plaques that served as applied decoration of various pieces of Klinckerfuß furniture commissioned by the Royal Court.