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Figure of Prince Christian of Hesse-Darmstadt

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Aged four, in tricorn hat and officer's uniform of the Landgraflich Hessen-Darmstadtischen Leibgarde zu Pferde.


Incised SF [Peter Antonius Seefreid] and impressed crown and HD


About 1768, probably Ludwig VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1691 - d. 1768) or Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719 – d. 1790), Darmstadt, Germany (probably original commission) [see note 1]. By 1993, Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006) NOTES: [1] Landgrave Ludwig VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt inaugurated the production of porcelain at the Klesterbach factory in 1761. His son and successor, Landgrave Ludwig IX of Hesse-Darmstadt, was the father of Prince Christian of Hesse-Darmstadt and patron of the factory. Klesterbach ceased production in1768, the year of Ludwig VIII's death.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger

German, about 1768

Object Place

Kelsterbach, Germany


Height: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain