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Portrait enamel of a Young Girl, possibly Princess Amelia (1711-1786), wearing blue dress with embroidered bodice, fresh flowers in her blonde hair 

Christian Friedrich Zincke (1683/4-1767)

Portrait enamel of a Young Girl, possibly Princess Amelia (1711-1786), wearing blue dress with embroidered bodice, fresh flowers in her blonde hair, Christian Friedrich Zincke
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Enamel
18th Century
Oval, 38mm (1 1/2 in) high
 
Provenance:
Sotheby’s, London, 6 November 1997, lot 214; Christie’s, London, 28 May 2002, lot 6; With Judy and Brian Harden Ltd by June 2003.
Gold-plated frame with engraved border.

Zincke was born in Dresden to a family of goldsmiths. After training in his home town, he travelled to London at the invitation of Charles Boit, then the leading practitioner of enamelling in Europe. For some time he worked alongside Boit but soon began his own studio.

From 1714, Boit having fled England to escape his creditors, Zincke became England’s finest and most sought after enamellist. His output was prolific and although his eyesight began to deteriorate during the 1720s, he was made enamel painter to George II in 1732, which increased his patronage further. Unlike other enamellists many of his portraits were made ad vivum, although he was not averse to flattering his sitters at their request. Portraits of children are rare in his repertoire, although, as with the present work, he did paint the daughters of George II. Although it has not been possible to identify the sitter here with any certainty, she is likely to be the third child and second daughter of of George II and Caroline of Ansbach aged four. The daughters of the king had disctinctive blonde hair.

His enamels can be found in most significant public and private collections, including The Royal Collection, the Portland collection at Welbeck Abbey, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous others.
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