Brooch decorated with Madonna della sedia (after Raphael) on mother of pearl mounted in a frame of stylised branches of 14 kt. gold. Apparently unstamped. The middle of the 19th century. 5×5.5 cm. In original box of leather and velvet.
A daguerreotype of Læssøe's wife Emmy Erhardine Fransizksa Tidonia Læssøe, née Krag-Juel-Vind-Friis (1821–1863). C. 1860. In oval leather case, lined with silk. 9×7,5 cm. (3).
Madonna della sedia was painted by the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael and dates back to approx. 1513–1514, located in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. It depicts Mary embracing the Child Jesus and the young John the Baptist.
Provenance: Descendants of Thorald and Emmy Læssøe to this day.
According to family tradition Læssøe returned home from his first visit to Italy in 1857 bringing the brooch as a present to his wife Emma, who wears it on the accompanying daguerreotype,