Get Vendio Gallery - Now FREE! The back of the plaque is inscribed Madone Raphael Peint d' apres Tabl: Orig de la Collec Duc d Orleans pour Auguste majesty Catherine II Empress of all the Russias par Hurter 1787. English translation The Madonna of Raphael, painted after the original from the collection of the Duke of Orleans for her August Majesty Catherine II, Empress of all the Russias by Hurter in Paris 1787. This is an exquisite miniature enamel of Raphael's Madonna.
It is set in a gilt bronze decorative frame. The enamel panel measures 5-3/8 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. I believe this to be this artist's finest and largest enamel painting painted approximately 12 years before his death when he was at the peak of his artistic talent. This exquisite enamel is the largest and certainly the finest quality enamel on copper known by this artist. Johann Heinrich von Hurter was born in Schaffhausen Switzerland in 1734.He died in Dusseldorf in 1799. He was a miniaturist and enamelist. Hurter then spent 5 years in London from 1777. There he was taken up by Lord Dartrey, and copied the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
In 1779 he exhibited 3 pastels, as well as 2 enamels from an address in Covent Garden. Two further pastels, dated 1781 and 1786, are known, but otherwise his work is in enamel miniatures. He received a major commission from Catherine II of Russia in 1787. His inscription on the back of this enamel indicates it was a commission from Catherine the second of Russia in 1787.
The Von Hurter family belonged to Swiss nobility. He was a court painter for the Queen in England in the 18th century. An enamel miniature by this most important 18th century painter and enamalist is in the collection of Queen Elizabeth, the royal trust in England. The condition of this unique, large and beautiful enamel painting and frame is superb. I hope that a museum curator will see this listing and acquire this 18th century enamel treasure to share with the world on exhibit at their museum.
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