Friday, May 13, 2011

The Art Collection of Princess Maria Gabriella

As we remember King Umberto II and Queen Maria José this month, it is interesting to see the magnificent, historic art collection of their daughter, Princess Maria Gabriella, sold at Christie's in 2007. Above is a silver bowl, depicting putti playing in a landscape, a Silver Wedding gift to Maria Gabriella's maternal grandparents, King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians. On the back, the bowl is dated October 2, 1925, and engraved with the facsimile signatures of the three children of Albert and Elisabeth: 'Leopold' for Leopold III, King of the Belgians; 'Charles-Theodore' for Charles-Theodore, Count of Flanders, Prince of Belgium, and 'Marie-José' for Maria-José, Queen of Italy. 

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