French creamware plate, Mademoiselle D’Artois print, c. 1825

$235.00 AUD

French Creamware plate, printed in black with the image of a child, titled ‘S.A.R. MADEMOISELLE D’ARTOISE’ , the rim with a scrolling border of oak leaf & laurel leaf.

Impressed ‘MON’,

circa 1825

good condition with some wear to glaze only, particularly to the base, Decoration is excellent.

This child is Louise Marie Thérèse D’Artois, born 1819, died 1864. The oldest daughter of Charles-Ferdinand, Duke of Berry, she was important due to her claim to the French throne; her father was the second son of Louis XVIII, and as his elder brother, Louis Antoine, had no children, the line of succession for the Bourbon Royalty came down to her. She never knew her father as he was assassinated by a Napoleon Bonaparte fanatic, Louvel, in 1820 when she was just 5 months old. She therefore became the direct line of succession for the French throne. However, in the same year a brother was born, Henri d’Artois, who continued as the ‘pretender’ to the French throne from his exile in England until his death in 1883. Her father became King Charles X in 1824, but he was removed in the ‘July Revolution’ in 1830, and the family fled to exile in England, and later Prague and Naples.

Louise married Hereditary Prince Ferdinand Charles of Lucca, in 1845. His father, Charles, became Duke Charles II of Parma in 1847, but the following year he was ousted and replaced by King Charles Albert of Sardinia; Louise found herself exiled once again, and headed back to England. While away, her son Robert was born. Charles Albert of Sardinia was removed in favour of her father-in-law Charles II in 1848, with the help of the Austrian army. The following year, Charles II abdicated in favour of his son, Ferdinand, and Louise and Ferdinand became the rulers – although he was known as Charles III. He was extremely unpopular, and was assassinated in 1854 by paid assassins. Louise acted as regent for her son for the next 5 years, but in 1859, she & her son were ousted again. She spent the rest of her life in Venice.




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