Sale, Geneva, Christie's, 19 November 1980, lot 147 (part of lot); with Edwin Bucher, Trogen, by 1981
The sitter was born in the Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, the fourth daughter of Emperor Paul I and his consort Sophie Dorothea of Württemburg. In 1809 she married her cousin, Duke George of Oldenburg (1784-1812) and they moved to Tver, to the north of Moscow. She gave birth to two sons but after only three years of marriage Duke George died. In 1816, the Princess married Crown Prince William of Württemberg, with whom she had two daughters. She died, aged only thirty, in January 1819.
Minor damage around margins with some parts retouched, most evident in sky areas. In the background around his true left shoulder a mark has been partly reduced. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."