A Viennese transparent-enamelled beaker with a Tatar or Persian lancer, by Anton Kothgasser, circa 1814-16
Lot 65
A Viennese transparent-enamelled beaker with a Tatar or Persian lancer, by Anton Kothgasser, circa 1814-16
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,129) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Viennese transparent-enamelled beaker with a Tatar or Persian lancer, by Anton Kothgasser, circa 1814-16
A Viennese transparent-enamelled beaker with a Tatar or Persian lancer, by Anton Kothgasser, circa 1814-16
Signed, the cylindrical form painted with a Tatar holding a lance on a galloping horse with fortifications in the background, the rectangular panel within amber-stained borders embellished with beaded swags, decorated below the gilt rim with a foliate band to the reverse, 9.9cm high, signed A:K: on the rim of the base

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Helfried Krug Collection, sold at Sotheby's, 15 November 1982, lot 511

    Literature:
    Alte und Moderne Kunst 13, (May-June 1968), fig.10
    Brigitte Klesse, Helfried Krug Sammlung (1973), no.706
    Paul von Lichtenberg, Mohn and Kothgasser (bilingual, 2009), p.285, pl.167

    A very similar beaker painted with what is thought to be a Cossack is illustrated by von Lichtenberg, op.cit, p.204, fig.166. At the beginning of the 19th century several European artists visited Russia, producing albums of different ethnic groups without being aware of the distinctions between Cossacks, Tatars and Bashkirs amongst others. They were quite widely termed 'Cossacks' regardless.

    The image on the beaker is very similar to that entitled 'Lancier', a lithograph by Alexander Orlovsky, St. Petersburg, circa 1820, based on a depiction of a Persian cavalryman galloping on his horse and holding a lance (see 'Voyage en Perse, pendant les annees 1812 et 1813...' by Gaspar Drouville, a commander of the Russian Imperial Cavalry).

    Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky (Warsaw 1777 - St. Petersburg 1832) was a talented battle scene painter, portrait painter and caricaturist whose range of medium included watercolours, oils, engravings and pastels. Orlovsky travelled extensively and was a volunteer in the partisan group led by Thadeusz Kosciuszko in the Polish liberation movement and uprising of 1794. He moved to Russia in 1802 where he settled in St. Petersburg and was a court artist for the Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich, for whom he executed drawings of uniforms and military parades. During his period in St. Petersburg he created numerous genre scenes and also society portraits. Most of his paintings and drawings from this time, however, were scenes of army life and battles, as well as romantic subjects featuring brigands and shipwrecks. In 1809 he received the title of Academician of Battle Painting for his picture Cossack Bivouac. During the war of 1812 against Napoleon, Orlovsky produced several drawings of leading military figures.
    In 1816 he became one of the first artists to produce lithographs in Russia.
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