• 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 101


    Price Realised  


    Marie Augustine d'Harcourt, Countess of Castries (1813-1892), in black lace décolleté dress with white muslin-bordered neckline, Spanish lace shawl and veil adorning her dark hair
    signed 'Cécile Villeneuve' (lower right) and inscribed and dated in full by the artist on the backing card 'd'Harcourt comtesse de Castries. Paris 1867'
    on ivory
    oval, 4 in. (102 mm.) high, reeded ormolu easel frame by Alphonse Giroux, Paris

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    Marie Augustine d'Harcourt married Armand Henri de La Croix, Comte de Castries (1807-1862), on 23 April 1833. The Countess's eldest daughter, Elizabeth (1834-1900), married Patrice de Mac-Mahon, 1st Duc de Magenta (1808-1893), in 1854. Patrice de Mac-Mahon was a celebrated General, Marshal of France, and Chief of State from 1873 to 1875. In 1875 he was elected the first president of the Third Republic, a position he held until 1879.

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