Figure of Prince Christian of Hesse-Darmstadt

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

Object Place: Kelsterbach, Germany


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





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.


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


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)


[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