Seated three-quarter length portrait in formal attire, with three [?]Prussian orders on Kontski's chest. On china paper, laid down to mounting paper Signed in the stone "H. M..." [or Cyrillic, "N. M..."?] and year "[?]1854" at lower left; "Lithographie Paul Petit à St. Petersbourg" at lower right. Facsimile caption beneath portrait: "Ritter Anton von Kontski Hof=Pianist S:M: des Königs von Preußen." 212 x 180 mm.
Polist-born pianist and composer Anton de Kontski (originally Antoni Kątski, 1817-1899) pursued a cosmopolitan career. From 1835 to 1851 he lived in Paris, meeting Chopin; from 1851-1853 he served as Prussian court pianist in Berlin. After stages in St. Petersburg (1854-1867) and London (1867-1883), he settled in the U.S. in 1883, teaching in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He died during a concert tour around the world at the age of 82, on the border of his native Poland. Item #26081
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