Very RARE figural plaque (aka wall hanging) of one of the most influential women in history ~ Queen Louise of Prussia (1776 - 1810) ~ whom Napoleon termed My Beautiful Enemy
, as it was she whom was responsible for forming the alliance of King Frederick of Prussia (her husband), the Tsar of Russia, and the Emperor of Austria against Napoleon in 1805. Not only was she renown for her beauty, but even moreso for her generosity of heart, which earned her the nickname Queen of Hearts
. And in this plaque it is easy to see why, as the artist captured not only her breathtaking beauty (both inside & out), but also the devotion and love she had for her people, visiting them like one of her own, and I dare say the little one she holds in her arms is most likely one of the townsfolk she often visited on her trips to the poor, or else it could be one of the 10 children she had with her beloved husband, whom fell in love with her at first sight, remarking "I felt when I saw her, 'tis she or none on earth"
. This one-of-a-kind plaque is exquisitely & realistically modeled with slightly intaglio stunning baby blue eyes, beautifully painted feathered eyebrows, soft rosebud lips, deeply sculpted hair, and the expression of an angel on both their hauntingly beautiful faces', handpainted to perfection in a soft lovely light peach color with gold polychrome highlights throughout, the artist even capturing Queen Louise's jewelry and trademark long flowing scarf with the 6-pointed shiney bright star placed in the middle to match the gold ball the baby holds in her arms ~ SUPERB!, incised on the back of one of the lovely swirls with the number 4540
along with the distinctive Volkstedt dark blue insignia, 19th century, just shy of 13" tall x 10.5" wide (and weighs a ton, lol), excellent NEAR MINT vintage condition with only a dab of putty on the rim of one of the intricate swirls, truly unnoticeable but mentioned for accuracy's sake. She would truly be the focal point for any aficiando devoted to her or royalty or just great women throughout history! :)
FYI: it's remarkable how Queen Louise of Prussia was basically the predecessor of Princess Diana of England ~ both married young to strong powerful men, both known for their beauty & generosity & compassion, both nicknamed Queen of Hearts, both died young in their mid-30's, both beloved by their people, and both buried on an island ~ only difference is that Queen Louise was cherished & loved greatly by her husband, whereas Princess Diana was not.
***Note: for more information about this most remarkable & fascinating queen, please refer to these links (btw the 200th anniversary of her death is being celebrated this year, as one of the links refers to, Enjoy!):