Caroline von der Embde (German, 1812-1904) Retiring for the night 22 3/4 x 17 1/2in (57.8 x 44.6cm)

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Lot 60
Caroline von der Embde
(German, 1812-1904)
Retiring for the night 22 3/4 x 17 1/2in (57.8 x 44.6cm)

US$ 8,000 - 12,000
£ 6,200 - 9,400
Caroline von der Embde (German, 1812-1904)
Retiring for the night
signed 'C. Embde' (lower left); signed, inscribed and dated 'Gemalt zu Cassel in Oberhessen von / C.v.d.Embde. / 1849.' (on a label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
22 3/4 x 17 1/2in (57.8 x 44.6cm)

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  • Provenance
    Private collection, Lausanne, Switzerland;
    Brought to the United States by family members, July 1950;
    Thence by descent to the present owner.

    Caroline was one of the four daughters of the painter August von der Embde, who lived and worked in Kassel, Germany. Together with her sister Emilie, she studied with her father and later worked in his studio, finishing some of the commissioned portraits of the local nobility and bourgeoisie that her father had started. In many cases, it is very difficult to distinguish their styles or to know which paintings August completed single-handedly.

    Caroline's upbringing was that of a wealthy middle-class family due to her mother's privileged background. The same family ties allowed for her father's acceptance into the local bourgeois literary and artistic circles that included the Brothers Grimm, among others, and facilitated commissions for numerous portraits.

    In 1854, Caroline married the lawyer Alfred Klauhold and began signing her paintings 'Klauhold von der Embde'. She exhibited frequently from 1848 through 1860 in Bremen, Dresden, Kassel, Munich and Cologne, mainly genre scenes with children and young women.
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