Miniature German Austrian Portrait of Queen or Princess
This exceptional miniature painting of a queen or princess, apparently on ivory or bone, is signed "J Brandl". The work rests under glass in an old and likely original bronze or brass frame, set within a 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.
Depicted 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.
This work 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.