Archive for the ‘Austria’ Category
The bride wore a white satin bridal dress, designed by couturier Yves Dooms from Brussels, around the wrists there was white fur.The four metres long train was covered with a veil of old lace, that once belonged to Empress Eugénie, wife of Emperor Napoléon III of France. Before the lace was also used for the cradle of the son of Emperor Napoléon I of France. The diademe belonged to the grand-ducal family of Luxemburg, and was once in the possession of her great-grandmother Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg.
The Cradle of the King of Rome was commissioned by the city of Paris as a gift to Napoleon and his wife Empress Marie-Louise, on the birth of their son Napoleon II (it was built by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758–1813), Henri-Victor Roguier (1758-after 1830), Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850) and Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843). It was made in Paris in 1811. It is silver-gilt, and decorated with gold, mother-of-pearl, copper plates covered with velvet, silk and tulle with gold and silver embroidery, and signed on two of the feet: Odiot et Thomire and Thomire et Odiot. Angels hold a little baldachin over the head, and a bird sits at the foot. Bees, the symbol of the Bonaparte dynasty, decorate the sides. The cradle was more of horizontal throne with all its splendour, and a more practical cradle was also commissioned, which is in the Louvre today.
The Mantle of the Austrian Empire (designed by Philipp von Stubenrauch (1784–1848) and executed by Johann Fritz, Master Gold Embroiderer, in Vienna in 1830) was commissioned by emperor Francis I for the coronation of his son, Ferdinand, as younger King of Hungary. The mantle is made out of red velvet, ermine, and white silk, and pranked with a gold-embroidered scatter pattern formed of double eagles with the Austrian arms. The border is decorated with oak and laurel leaves.