Porcelain figurine Queen "MARIA ANTOINETTE"

Franklin porcelain


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The porcelain figurine of Queen MARIE ANTOINETTE, Franklin Porcelain, USA 1982, limited edition, unglazed porcelain, hand-painted. Figure height - 21.5 cm.

Marie Antoinette was the queen of France, the youngest daughter of Austrian Emperor Franz I and Maria Theresa. She became the wife of King Louis XVI of France in 1770. Numerous stories and legends are associated with Marie Antoinette, one of which is the "Diamond Necklace Affair." "Cardinal of the city of Rouen wanted to improve his position at court, and a woman who called herself Princess de la Motte offered to help him. Unfortunately, Jeanne de la Motte was not a princess, but merely a skilled actress. She hired a woman to dress up as Marie Antoinette, whom the cardinal met with in the Versailles garden at night. The fake queen gave the cardinal a rose as a parting gift. The next day, Madame de la Motte told the cardinal that the queen ordered him to purchase an expensive diamond necklace on her behalf. The obedient cardinal executed the task and handed the necklace to the schemer, expecting the queen to pay for the purchase. Of course, Marie Antoinette had never seen that necklace. The fraudster de la Motte went to England and sold the ill-fated necklace there. When the jeweler demanded payment, the story of the necklace became public. The cardinal and Madame de la Motte were arrested. The cardinal was eventually acquitted, but Madame de la Motte was imprisoned, publicly whipped, and branded. After some time, she went to London and spread slanderous rumors about Marie Antoinette. Although Marie Antoinette was completely innocent in this event, the masses widely believed that she took the necklace and refused to pay for it. The diamond necklace affair further worsened the queen's already bad reputation. With the start of the revolution, after the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, Marie Antoinette acted much more decisively than her husband. She insisted on armed suppression of the rebellion. From October 1789, the queen established a secret connection with one of the leaders of the revolution, Mirabeau. She alsoThe translation of the text into English is as follows:

"The royal family's escape to Varennes was organized on June 25, 1791. After its failure, Marie Antoinette attempted to organize an invasion of France by her brother, Emperor Leopold II of Habsburg's troops. She bravely faced her husband's execution and accusations of corrupting her nine-year-old son. From October 14-15, 1793, the trial of the "Widow Capet" (as she became known after her husband's execution) for treason took place. She was found guilty and executed.

The company Franklin Porcelain, a trade mark of Franklin Mint, was founded in 1964 by Joseph Segel in the city of Wawa, Pennsylvania, USA. This trade mark was initially created for the production and sale of collectible items and became a pioneer in the collecting industry. Initially, the company minted coins and then expanded its interests to include limited edition posters and books, commemorative records, porcelain figurines and plates, dolls, model planes, and cars.

The porcelain figurine of the French Queen Marie Antoinette is a magnificent collector's item."

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