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Stieler, Joseph Karl
Framed Cameo Painting of Courtesan Lola Montez
1781. NA. Very Good. Frame measuring 10 by 9 cm, the cameo painting, 45 by 37 mm at the tallest and widest. Frame is of bone pieces radiating out from the oval cameo, with penwork decoration of a vine around the perimeter. Painting is signed "Stieler". Joseph Stieler (1781-1858) made a number, maybe a large number, of paintings of Montez, including other small cameos. Stieler was the royal court painter of the Bavarian kings. Of course, it is possible that these more diminutively sized works were done by someone else who signed them Stieler. Montez (1821-1861), who was born as Marie Gilbert, was a dancer of dubious talent but in her youth famous for her beauty and a seductress of rare "talent", having affairs with Franz Liszt and other prominent men before becoming the obsession of Ludwig I of Bavarian in 1846. The monarch, popular before his involvement with Montez, was forced to abdicate two years into his affair, after having made her the Countess of Landsfeld. After squandering a small fortune and many other to-dos such as characterized Montez's whole densely eventful life, she fled to the United States in 1851 where she toured as a dancer, then lecturer, among other things, for the duration of her brief life. The lovely frame has a brass ring atop to be used to hang it on a wall.
Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques [United States]
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