A Pair of Danish Royal Pastel Portraits

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A pair of portraits of Queen Frederikke and King Cristian VIII. In original mahogany frames.

Christian 8. was born in 1786 and died in 1848. He was the son of Prince Frederik, heir presumptive, who was the half brother of the mentally ill Christian 7. Prince Frederik played a prominent role in the State Council which ruled under Christian 7. until he was pushed aside as a result of Crown Prince Frederik's coup in 1784.

Since Frederik 6. left no male heirs, Christian Frederik was – as the son of the heir presumptive and in accordance with Danish succession law – the closest heir to the throne

In 1806, Christian Frederik married his cousin Charlotte Frederikke, but their marriage was never a happy one. Charlotte Frederikke gave birth to a son in 1808, who later became Frederik 7. The following year Prince Christian Frederik learned that the Princess was having an affair with her voice teacher (music teacher), the composer Edouard du Puy. The marriage was dissolved, and Charlotte Frederikke was banished to Horsens (in Jutland) and forbidden from ever seeing her son again.
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Mahogany Frames
13.2 in. H x 10.2 in. W
34 cm H x 26 cm W
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
Reference Number
Laserow Antiques
200 Lexington Ave., 10th Flr., #63
New York NY 10016
(347) 983-5665
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