Dietzsch (Johann Cristoph, 1710-1769), Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)or Margareta Barbara Dietzsch (1726-1795)

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Lot 13*
Dietzsch (Johann Cristoph, 1710-1769), Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)or Margareta Barbara Dietzsch (1726-1795)

Sold for £ 15,535 (US$ 19,677) inc. premium
Dietzsch (Johann Cristoph, 1710-1769), Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)or Margareta Barbara Dietzsch (1726-1795)
Silybum marianum (Woolly Thistle) with Vanessa atalanta (Red Admiral) and Pontia daplidice (Bath White); Prunus cerasus (Cherry Blossom) with Argynnis lathonia (Queen of Spain Fritillary) and Callimorpha dominula (Scarlet Tiger), both in bodycolour and watercolour on a prepared brown board, each 285 by 210mm. (2)

Footnotes

  • A fine pair of detailed watercolours, by members of the Dietzch family of Nuremburg. At this period Nuremburg was, apart from London, the largest centre of botanical art in Europe, thanks largely to the scholarly patronage of Dr. Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769), one of the earliest supporters of Georg Dionysius Ehret.

    Johann Israel Dietzsch (1681-1754) had seven children who became artists. Barbara, Margareta and Johann were all employed at the Nuremburg Court, specializing in botanical subjects.

    It is difficult to identify definitely, on stylistic grounds, which of the family was responsible for the present watercolours, executed on a dark prepared ground characteristic of Nuremberg School. It has been suggested that the watercolour of the thistle compares closely to watercolours signed by Johann Christoph in the Fitzwilliam Museum (see D. Scrase, Flowers of three Centuries, Washington, 1983, p.18, pl. 23), and that the cherry blossom is more likely to be by either Barbara or Margareta.
Dietzsch (Johann Cristoph, 1710-1769), Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)or Margareta Barbara Dietzsch (1726-1795)
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