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Lot 19 - C. W. Eckersberg, Cathrine Elisabeth Fjellerup, Oil, 1829

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Oil on canvas, relined
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853) – Famous Danish painter of the 19th century
Stamped on the stretchers frame 'Konservator Paul Flemming'
Dimensions: 54.5 x 44.5 cm
Gilt frame: 67.5 x 57 cm
Provenance: Private property, Northern Germany
The painting shows Cathrine Elisabeth Fjellerup, née von Braun (1787-1847). She lived with her husband Hans Jacob Fjellerup, who worked for a trading company, mainly in the Danish colony in India (Trankebar). The young woman seems to be looking at the viewer in graceful posture and with serious expression in front of a uniform background. It is a typical work of the famous Danish painter of Denmarks golden age concerning subject and way of painting. Eckersberg was a well-known as an important portrait painter in his time and created a lot of expressive images of women.


The painting is in good condition consistent with the age. The varnish is slightly darkened. Overall tiny craquelé can be seen on the canvas. There are areas with scuffing due to the frame along the upper edges and corners of the canvas. A retouched spot can be seen in the middle of the painting on the right side of the head. The canvas is relined and pasted along the edges of the canvas. The frame shows traces of usage as marks, tears, scratches and loss of color.

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853)

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg was a Danish painter and graphic artist and is one of the famous protagonists of Denmarks golden age in the first half of the 19th century. Eckersberg studied at first at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and after that he went to Paris, were he became a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. In 1813 he moved to Rome and lived in Casa Buti together with several other artists. During his time in Italy he focused on figure and landscape painting. The artist dealt with the depiction of nature and landscape and drew for the first time in front of the nature. His oeuvre covers the following subjects: Portraits, genre, history and marine painting as well as depictions of architecture and veduta. (msc)

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