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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    A DOCCIA GOLD-GROUND MOULDED ROYAL PORTRAIT PLAQUE OF EMPRESS MARIA THERESA OF AUSTRIA AND HER CONSORT FRANCESCO DUKE OF LORRAINE AND BAR AND GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY

    CIRCA 1745-50

    Price Realised  

    A DOCCIA GOLD-GROUND MOULDED ROYAL PORTRAIT PLAQUE OF EMPRESS MARIA THERESA OF AUSTRIA AND HER CONSORT FRANCESCO DUKE OF LORRAINE AND BAR AND GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY
    CIRCA 1745-50
    Modelled by Gaspero Bruschi in profile to the right, the Empress in a pale-blue cloak and puce dress, her consort in a red uniform with the badges of various Orders, both above rococo scrolls on a gilt ground, sold with a later carved wood frame
    The plaque 5 in. (12.8 cm.) x 4 in. (10.1 cm.)


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    Maria Theresa (1717-1780) married Francis I, Duke of Lorraine (1708-1765) in 1736. They spent their honeymoon in Florence and in the following year Francis became the Grand Duke of Tuscany on the death of the last Medici Duke. In 1745 he became Holy Roman Emperor.

    For other conjoined portraits of Maria Theresa and her husband, see John Winter, Le Statue del Marchese Ginori sculture in porcellana bianca di Doccia (Florence, 2003), pp. 102-105, where he illustrates one in the Museo delle Porcellane di Doccia, Sesto Fiorentino (inv. n. 928), another with a moulded inscription in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples; and another example with Maria Theresa (only) in the Museo della Porcellane di Doccia.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE COLLECTION OF EDWARD AND KIYI PFLUEGER


    Literature

    Hugo Morley-Fletcher, The Pflueger Collection, Early European Porcelain and Faience as Collected by Edward and Kiyi Pflueger (London, 1993), Vol. II, pp. 6-7.