29 November 2011
JOHANN BAPTIST GÖSTL (AUSTRIAN, 1813-1895)
Princess Maria Anna of Savoy (1803-1884), Empress of Austria 1835-1848, in frilled white off-the-shoulders dress, gold-trimmed blue shawl worn over right shoulder, wearing a four-strand pearl necklace, her dark upswept hair dressed in plaits, wearing a black cap decorated with an ostrich feather; together with a copy of H. Fuchs, Die Österreichische Bildnisminiatur. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, I, Vienna, 1981
signed 'Göstl' (mid-left)
oval, 2 7/8 in. (72 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame with inner beaded surround
Inscribed in pencil on the backing card 'Kaiserin Anna Gemalin Kaisers Ferdinand I.' (2)
with City Galerie, Vienna, in 1983.
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H. Fuchs, Die Österreichische Bildnisminiatur. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart, I, Vienna, 1981, illustrated p. 235, no. 167.
H. Fuchs, 'Die österreichische Bildnisminiatur', Weltkunst, 1 November 1981, illustrated p. 3201.
Princess Maria Anna of Savoy was the daughter of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia and his wife, Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria-Este. She married, in 1831, King Ferdinand of Austria, later Emperor Ferdinand I. Incapable of successfully ruling his empire, Ferdinand abdicated in 1848 and was succeeded by his nephew, Francis Joseph I. The couple spent the rest of their lives at Prague Castle and died without issue.
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