Peter Eduard Stroely (German, 1768-circa 1826) A Young Girl, possibly Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803-1892), seated in a landscape, wearing white dress with wide brown waist sash, an Order on a black and white striped ribbon at her chest, a blue-grey tasselled scarf wrapped loosely about her body and draped across her forearm and a red ribbon bow in her curled hair
Lot 92Y
Peter Eduard Stroely
(German, 1768-circa 1826)
A Young Girl, possibly Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803-1892), seated in a landscape, wearing white dress with wide brown waist sash, an Order on a black and white striped ribbon at her chest, a blue-grey tasselled scarf wrapped loosely about her body and draped across her forearm and a red ribbon bow in her curled hair
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,164) inc. premium

Lot Details
Peter Eduard Stroely (German, 1768-circa 1826)
A Young Girl, possibly Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803-1892), seated in a landscape, wearing white dress with wide brown waist sash, an Order on a black and white striped ribbon at her chest, a blue-grey tasselled scarf wrapped loosely about her body and draped across her forearm and a red ribbon bow in her curled hair.
Gilded composition frame.
Oval, 135mm (5 5/16in) high

Footnotes

  • It has been suggested that the Order seen in the present lot is the Order of Louise, founded in 1814 by Frederick William III of Prussia to honour his late wife, the much beloved Queen Louise. This order was chivalric in nature, but was intended strictly for women whose service to Germany was worthy of high national recognition. Its dame companion members were limited to 100 in number, and were intended to be drawn from all classes. One of the first recipients was the King's own daughter, Princess Alexandrine, who would have been eleven years old in 1814. As it is unlikely that the Order was given to any young girls outside of the Royal family, particularly this close in date to its inception, she seems a very likely indentification for the present sitter.

    Alexandrine was the seventh child and fourth daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and his wife Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On 25 May 1822, she married Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who succeeded his grandfather as Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1837. Together they had three children; Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg (1823–1883); Luise (1824–1859); and Wilhelm (1827–1879). Her marriage was generally considered unhappy: Paul Frederick was a military man who had little time for or interest in his wife and family. Alexandrine, by contrast, was a devoted mother who tenderly raised her children and actively cultivated their cultural pursuits.
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