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ELIE DIGNAT (FRENCH, FL. C. 1808-1825)
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ELIE DIGNAT (FRENCH, FL. C. 1808-1825)

Maria Theresa, Duchess of Angoulême (1778-1851), standing full-length holding a Bourbon lily in her right hand before a throne carved in the Troubadour style, in red dress, the pearl adorned bodice and short sleeves slashed to reveal white, rope of pearls worn around waist and suspended to the floor with drop pearl pendant, triple pearl necklace, gold and pearl set tiara adorned with white plumes in her upswept and curled fair hair, ermine-lined blue velvet cloak embroidered with the fleur-de-lys, gem-set gold crown placed on a gold-bordered blue cushion embroidered in gold with the fleur-de-lys, blue carpet embroidered with the gold fleur-de-lys; gold-bordered and tasselled draped green curtain and pillar background

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ELIE DIGNAT (FRENCH, FL. C. 1808-1825)
Maria Theresa, Duchess of Angoulême (1778-1851), standing full-length holding a Bourbon lily in her right hand before a throne carved in the Troubadour style, in red dress, the pearl adorned bodice and short sleeves slashed to reveal white, rope of pearls worn around waist and suspended to the floor with drop pearl pendant, triple pearl necklace, gold and pearl set tiara adorned with white plumes in her upswept and curled fair hair, ermine-lined blue velvet cloak embroidered with the fleur-de-lys, gem-set gold crown placed on a gold-bordered blue cushion embroidered in gold with the fleur-de-lys, blue carpet embroidered with the gold fleur-de-lys; gold-bordered and tasselled draped green curtain and pillar background
signed and dated 'Elie Dignat. 1824.' (lower left)
oval, 4 3/8 in. (111 mm.) high, stamped ormolu mount with palmette border
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Lot Essay

Maria Theresa, Duchess of Angoulême was the daughter of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette (see lot 119) and was known as 'Madame Royale'. She was imprisoned during the French Revolution from 1792 to 1795 and was then exchanged for a number of French revolutionaries held in Austria and went to join her Bourbon relatives at Mittau in Lithuania. She married her first cousin, Louis Antoine Duke of Angoulême and travelled around Europe until Napoleon's defeat in 1814. She held the highest female rank during the reign of her uncles, Louis XVIII and Charles X and when Charles X abdicated she went into exile again, this time near Edinburgh and subsequently Prague. She died in the Castle of Frohsdorf, Austria.
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