Lot 386
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Johann Friedrich Grooth

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
Sold
100,000 USD
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Description

  • Johann Friedrich Grooth
  • Two Toy Spaniels at a Sugar Bowl
  • inscribed and dated on reverse:  fait par. J.F. Grooth, Peintre du Cabinet de la Mayesté Imperiale da Toute les Russies / Ao(?) 1757, and indistinctly inscribed on reverse of canvas and lower stretcher.
  • oil on canvas

Catalogue Note

The German artist Johann Friedrich Grooth moved to Saint Petersburg in 1743 and subsequently was appointed painter to the court of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I.  During his highly respected tenure at court, Grooth was commissioned to decorate the central hall of the Empress’ menagerie with various likenesses of animals.  He became well known for such lifelike representations—particularly his portrayals of the beloved dogs belonging to the Empress and her successor, Catherine the Great.  
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