Figure of Prince Christian of Hesse-Darmstadt

German
about 1768
Made by Kelsterbach Factory (1761–1768), Modeled by Peter Anton Seefried


Object Place: Kelsterbach, Germany

Dimensions

Height: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.979

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics

The prince at the age of four, in tricorn hat and officer’s uniform of the Landgraflich Hessen-Darmstadtischen Leibgarde zu Pferde.


Christian was the youngest son of Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt, the patron of the Kelsterbach factory. The prince, aged four, poses in a tricorn hat and soldier’s uniform.

Markings

Incised SF [Peter Antonius Seefreid] and impressed crown and HD

Provenance

About 1768, probably Ludwig VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1691 - d. 1768) or Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719 – d. 1790), Darmstadt, Germany (probably original commission) [see note 1]. By 1993, Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

NOTES:

[1] Landgrave Ludwig VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt inaugurated the production of porcelain at the Klesterbach factory in 1761. His son and successor, Landgrave Ludwig IX of Hesse-Darmstadt, was the father of Prince Christian of Hesse-Darmstadt and patron of the factory. Klesterbach ceased production in1768, the year of Ludwig VIII's death.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger