Very rare original miniature on ivory , created in 18 century by the artist from the circle of one of most famous Russian miniaturists August Ritt(1765 - 1799), probably byPetr Semenovich Drozhin ( Drozhzhin, Drozhdin) (1745-1805), famous Russian portrait painter . The miniature came from German private estate , signed with difficult reading signature , which can be attributed as " Drozhdin or Drosshin". It is famous from his biography , he painted Maria Feodorovna between 1775 and 1785 ( this portrait was estated in Museum of Alexander III in St.Petersburg ). Petr Drozhin ( 1775-1805) was renown court painter in St.Petersburg , pupil of Lewitzky. In 1785 he recieved title of academical painter and painted a number of russian portraits of royality and high society.
The personality of our portrait was determined on the basis of famous miniature of Maria Feodorovna by Augustin Ritt ( Estate : Collection of Great Herzog Wilhelm Ernst of Sachsony- Weimar - Eisenbach , see " Master miniatures from five centuries" by E.Lemberger , Stuttgart, 1911).
Inscription: signed lower right , on the reverse - original gold monogramm of Maria Fedorovna
Technique: gouache on ivory. Original period frame.(backside -turtle, monogramin Cyrillic "MF" in gold, oval deco - mother-of-pearl)
Measurements: unframed d 4"x 7 1/3" x (10 cm); framed d 4 3/4" ( 12 cm )
Condition: in good condition