Pietro Antonio Rotari, style of, second half of the 18th century: Portrait of Tsarevich Paul Petrovich of Russia. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 80×62 cm.

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Auction date:09.06.2017   14:00
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Lot 1403Pietro Antonio Rotari, style of, second half of the 18th century: Portrait of Tsarevich Paul Petrovich of Russia. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 80×62 cm.
Portrait of Tsarevich Paul Petrovich of Russia (1754–1801), from 1796 Tsar Paul I of Russia, son of Tsar Peter III of Russia and Tsaritsa Catherine II the Great of Russia, dressed in a red jacket, gold embroidered vest and lace collar, bearing the cross of the Imperial Russian Order of Saint Anna as well as the star and blue ribbon of the Imperial Russian Order of Saint Andrew, holding an ermine cloak. Unsigned. Oil on canvas laid on canvas. 80×62 cm. Régence revival frame, 19th century.

Literature: N. G. Presnova, “Collection of Portraits of Count Sheremetev in Kuskovo”, Moscow 2002, a similar portrait is reproduced and mentioned p. 183, this measuring 83.5×71 cm. The location of the original portrait by Rotati is unknown today. Besides the portrait in the Collection of Count Sheremetev, the portrait type is also known from the Ivanovskii Region Art Museum (painted by A. P. Antropov 1761), the Chinese Palace Museum in Lomonosov (painted by A. P. Antropov 1761) and the Arkhangelskoye Palace outside Moscow (unknown artist, 18th century).

Provenance: Acquired by Richard and Erica Zeiner-Henriksen 1922–1927 in St. Petersburg. When they moved into the Saltykov Palace in St. Petersburg 1922, the portrait was situated in their residence as left inventory from the Saltykov family. The palace was originally a present from Tsaritsa Catherine the Great to Prince Nikolai Ivanovich Saltykov. It was a reward being the tutor of her grandsons, Tsarevich Alexander Pavlovich (I) and Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovch, sons of Tsareivch Paul Petrovich. Therefore, it is possible that this portrait at first also was a present from the Imperial family to the Saltykov family.
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Estimate 150,000–200,000 kr.
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