View 1 of Lot 228. A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760.
View 1 of Lot 228. A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760.
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A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760

A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

A portrait miniature of Count Hermann Carl Graf von Keyserling, probably German, circa 1750-1760


painted on ivory, set in a 19th century gilt metal frame, based on the painting by Michael Christoph Hagelgans in the Kunstkammer, St Petersburg

width 8.5cm, 3⅜in.

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Count Hermann Karl von Keyserling (1697–1764) was one of the rare foreigners at the Russian court whose loyalty to the Russian Empire was not limited by the political and diplomatic service. Born in the Duchy of Courland, Keyserling was invited to St Petersburg by Empress Anna Ioannovna after she ascended the throne. He had a significant cultural impact, holding the position of president of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences and Arts. It was during his presidency that Vasily Trediakovsky joined this noble institution and was entrusted with the task of "cleaning the Russian language by writing poetry and prose." The miniature is made after The Portrait of Hermann Karl von Keyserling (1697–1764) by the German painter Michael Christoph Emanuel Hagelgans, a court painter of the Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa from 1761.