• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 82


    Price Realised  


    Maria Isabella of Braganza, Infanta of Portugal (1797-1818), Queen of Spain, in white dress, red cloak draped over her right shoulder, wearing the mauve and white sash of the Royal Spanish Order of Maria Luisa, two-strand pearl necklace, hoop earrings, gem-set comb in her curling upswept hair decorated with a rose
    signed 'Cayetano Rodrigz. fecit' (mid-right)
    on ivory
    rectangular, 2 7/8 x 2 in. (62 x 51 mm.), gold frame

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    Maria Isabella of Portugal (1797-1818) was the daughter of King John VI of Portugal and Infanta Carlota Joaquina of Bourbon-Spain. She was bestowed with the Royal Order of Maria Luisa of Spain in 1801. In 1816 her marriage to her maternal uncle, King Ferdinand VII of Spain, was arranged with the aim of strengthening ties between the two countries. The marriage produced no heirs and she died only two years after their union, following a complicated pregnancy. She was noted for her love of the arts and her interests led to the the formation of a royal museum, opening a year after her death in 1818, and later became the Prado Museum in Madrid.
    A very similar unsigned miniature in a feigned oval was offered for sale at the Dorotheum, Vienna, 18 November 1998, lot 311 (sitter unidentified).

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