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Details & Cataloguing

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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Augustin Ritt
ST PETERSBURG 1765 - 1799
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS COUNTESS ZOFIA POTOCKA, CIRCA 1792/3

Provenance

D.I. Shchukin, Moscow, 1905;
Leo R. Schidlof (1886-1966), London;
by family descent;
sale, Geneva, Christie's, 25 May 1993, lot 189

Literature

Mikhailowich, 1905, vol. I, no. 72, pl. LX (as Countess Sophia Potocka by Hall);
Schidlof, 1964, vol. I, p. 328 (as Countess Sophia Potocka by Hall);
Komelova, 2004, p. 173, no. 169

Catalogue Note

This portrait has been traditionally identified as depicting Countess Zofia Potocka, née Clavone (1760-1822), the Turkish slave courtesan who later married into the Polish aristocracy and then had an affair with Prince Potemkin. Her name, however, is not recorded in Ritt’s sitter's book.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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London