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Franz Blessinger "Iginio von Scarpa from Fiume (Rijeka)", superb miniature of Croatian interest!, 1839
Price: 2400 EUR
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Found in an antique shop in Copenhagen (sic! - the sitter was Danish vice-consul in his native adriatic seaport Fiume - see below) it is a miniature portrait of 45-year-old leading businessman of Fiume (then Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Rijeka in Croatia - CLICK HERE) Hyginus (Iginio) Ritter (Chevalier) von Scarpa (1794-1866; see our images nr. 9-10 with his biography). Our images nr.7-8 show other known portraits of this man (on which he is ca. 20/25 years older).
Hyginus (Iginio) Ritter von Scarpa was a descent of a Venetian family which settled in Fiume in the 18th century. His father Paolo Scarpa founded a company there specializing in shipping and (chiefly) trade with wood and corn. After the father's death, son Iginio took over the business.
Iginio von Scarpa also was an important local politician in Fiume, president of the Chamber of Commerce (1857-1866) and honorary vice-consul of the Kingdom of Denmark. In 1823 he became city councillor and remained in that function until 1859. In 1848, during the revolution he as a Commander of National Guards opposed the occupation through Croatians.
In Fiume there is a piazza bearing his name, the Piazza Iginio de Scarpa (see image nr.13).
However, in the history of this region he remained especially known as a founder of modern town-resort Opatija (in the 19th century Abbazia) ca. 20km away from Fiume. In 1844 he acquired a large piece of property there and built the Villa Angiolina (the name was given in loving memory of his young wife that had died in 1832). Around this villa (see our images nr.11-12) the town Abbazia later developed (CLICK HERE).
When Iginio von Scarpa died in Fiume on May 16th 1866 all ships in the harbor voluntarily hoisted their flags to half-mast in mourning of him.
Franz Blessinger was born in 1803 in Vienna. From May 1828 he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In 1830s he was also active in Troppau/Moravia (now Czech Republic). Among the sitters of his miniature portraits were Archduchess Marie Louise (former wife of Napoleon I), Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria and other important persons.
Provenance: Danish (sic!) private collection, Copenhagen
Creation Year: 1839
Measurements:UNFRAMED:8,7x7,2cm/3,4x2,8in FRAMED: 13,7x12,1cm/5,4x4,8in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (oval)
Inscription:signed and dated: "Fr. Blessinger 1839"
Creator: Franz Blessinger
Creator Dates: born 1803 Vienna-
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