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Large honey coloured high profile agate cameo portrait of Marie Louise second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte Emperor of France. Depicting her in a classical manner probably as Helen of Troy but with a crown decorated with Fleur de lys, symbol of France.
The daughter of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (Francis I of Austria) and of his second wife, Maria Theresa of the Two Sicilies.On March 11, 1810, the 18-year-old archduchess married French Emperor Napoléon I by proxy, with a subsequent ceremony taking place in the chapel of the Louvre on 1 April 1810. The bride’s father intended the marriage to strengthen links between the Austrian Empire and the First French Empire. Napoleon sought the validation and legitimation of his Empire by marrying a member of the House of Habsburg, one of the oldest ruling families of Europe. He also hoped to cement his position by fathering a legitimate heir.