On ivory XIX century
In an elegant ebony frame with gilt bronze trim. Old label on the back naming the portrait.
Elisabeth Philippe Marie Hélène de France, known as Madame Elisabeth, was born on May 3, 1764 in Versailles and died at the guillotine on May 10, 1794 in Paris. She is the eighth and last child of Dauphin Louis and Marie-Josèphe de Saxe. Sister of King Louis XVI, she gave him unwavering support during the French Revolution.
Imprisoned with the royal family in 1792 and summoned to appear before the Revolutionary Tribunal during the Terror, she was condemned to death and executed.
For the record, she was born in the Palace of Versailles in 1764, Elisabeth of France, known as Madame Élisabeth, was the last of Louis XVI’s sisters. Orphaned at the age of three, she received an excellent education during which she distinguished herself by her talents in mathematics and science. Her contemporaries called her a good rider, gifted in drawing and embroidery, but a poor singer. From childhood, she reveals an ambiguous personality, her great devotion matching a dissipated and original character – she signs some of her letters « Élisabeth la Folle ». Very early on, she showed a strong attachment to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, with whom she remained all her life, refusing in particular to marry.
In 1783, Madame Élisabeth was then nineteen years old, Louis XVI gave her a piece of land and a house in the village of Montreuil, a complex which remains today in the Montreuil district of Versailles under the name of » Estate of Madame Elisabeth ». Although she was not allowed to sleep there until she was of age (twenty-five years old), she went there every day on horseback from the Palace of Versailles. The life she led there, simpler than at Court, was punctuated by the leisure activities she had acquired a taste for as a child, by her acts of piety and her good works, which earned her the nickname « Good Lady of Montreuil ».
Dimensions: Diam 7 cm (for the miniature)