Attributed to H.P.E. de Baschi, Comte de Cayla.
The Order of the Phoenix had its origins in House Order of the Golden Flame founded by Prince Ernst I of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingfurst on 29.12.1757 on the occasion of his 95th birthday. In 1770 a 'Second Class' was introduced by Prince Carl Albrecht, named the Knights Order of the Phoenix. The new Order was to be awarded to Germans and foreigners of noble descent. In 1795 Prince Ludwig Leopold of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein gave the Order new statutes in which it was divided into two divisions - House Order of the Golden Flame and Order of the Phoenix, with the latter divided into two classes.