Brandl Miniature Female Portrait of Female Royalty
This exceptional miniature painting, apparently on ivory, is signed "J Brandl" possibly after the important Bohemian painter, Petr Johannes Brandl (1668-1739). Also known as Peter Johannes Brandl or Jan Petr Brandl, he was a famous portraitist in his day. Brandl was born and worked in Prague in the former kingdom of Bohemia or modern day Czech Republic. Depicted here is a lovely woman of great importance, dressed in a white dress with royal blue and gold sash and wearing a gold tiara decorated with pearls, emeralds, and other gems.
Possibly depicts a young Marie Therese (Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina), 1717-1870, only female ruler of the Habsburgs and the last of the House of Habsburg, who was sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress.
The work rests under glass in an old and likely original bronze or brass frame, set within a later modern frame. Outer frame measures 10" high, 9.25" wide, 1" deep and weighs 13 ounces. Some visible wear, including scrapes to the gilt finish. Oval bronze/brass frame measures 3 3/4" high and 2 7/8" at its widest point.