31 March 2008
A VIENNA GOLD AND MATT-BLUE GROUND IMPERIAL PORTRAIT CABINET-CUP AND SAUCER
1807-1808, IMPRESSED 808 TO CUP AND 807 TO SAUCER, BLUE SHIELD MARKS, IMPRESSED 69, 26 AND 60 MARKS, GILDER'S 77. MARKS
The cup of flared form with a wing handle, the front painted and stippled en grisalle with a three-quarter-length portrait of Empress Maria Ludovika Beatrix von Modena turned to her left, wearing a lace ruff and pearls in her hair, within an oval tooled gilt cartouche against a gold ground reserved with matt blue panels painted with symetrical foliage, the saucer with a similarly panelled border (two minute footrim chips to cup, minute wear to gilding and enamels)
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Empress Maria Ludovika (1781-1816) was the third wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia.
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