Eduard and Amalie — The First Höbers for Whom There are PicturesPosted: September 5, 2011
Eduard Höber, 1804-1849, was the son of Heinrich Höber, the first person who used that family name. After his first wife died, Eduard married Amalie Oppenheim, niece of the famous painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim. The miniatures of Eduard and Amalie were painted by their daughter, Marie Höber Marx, who probably copied these images from full size wedding portraits, now lost. The photograph of Eduard was probably taken shortly before his death. Eduard, a prosperous businessman in Karlsruhe, was my grandfather Rudolf’s grandfather. His brother Benedict was the progenitor of the branch of the Hoeber family that settled in New York in the 19th century.
The miniatures are delicately painted on ivory sheets and the colors remain clear and bright more than 150 years after Marie painted them. They were in the possession of my distant cousin, Beate Rosenthal Jencks, Marie’s grand-niece. Beate’s parents rescued these and other of Marie’s miniatures when they fled Nazi Germany for India in 1936. Beate had no surviving immediate relatives and gave me these beautiful pieces for the family archive in 2004.