27 November 2007
CIRCLE OF ANTONIO BENCINI, CIRCA 1760
Maria Theresa of Habsburg (1717-1780), Holy Roman Empress 1745-1780, in lace-bordered blue velvet dress with gold-embroidered bodice and lace sleeves, red-lined yellow figured stole draped over her shoulders, jewelled choker and matching earring, jewelled diadem in her curled powdered hair
oval, 2 1/8 in. (54 mm.), gilt-metal frame with twisted rope border
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Archduchess Maria Theresa of Habsburg married Duke Francis Stephen of Lorraine in 1736. She became Queen of Hungary in 1741 and Holy Roman Empress in 1745.
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