Montag, 9. Januar 2012

QUEEN LOUISE OF PRUSSIA - A GERMAN QUEEN OF HEARTS




A GERMAN QUEEN OF HEARTS AND NAPOLEON`S BEAUTIFUL ENEMY 

"QUEEN LOUISE" HALF DOLL MADE BY A.W.FR. KISTER



Queen Louise of Prussia (1776-1810) was best known for her breathtaking beauty united with dignity and generosity, and for being a passionate opponent of the French Revolution as well as a declared enemy of Napoleon Bonaparte. Her courage and dedication made her one of Prussia's most beloved leaders.
 
For a short time after Louise's arrival in Prussia there was a slight swelling of the upper part of her neck, which she concealed by a gauze scarf, so becoming that soon every fashionable lady in Berlin was swathed to the chin.

The old b/w postcard shows Queen Louise and the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Louise and her husband King Frederick William III of Prussia were forced to meet with Napoleon in person at Tilsit/Eastern Prussia to sign a peace treaty. Louise made a personal appeal to Napoleon at his headquarters in Tilsit in order to get better conditions for her nation, but without success. He called her his “beautiful enemy.” Queen Louise died in 1810 at the age of 34 years.
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The half doll of a lady in an Empire style dress, wearing a tiara and yellow gloves, as well as the above mentioned flowing blue scarf around her neck is a rendition of Queen Louise and was apparently adapted from a similar postcard or drawing. It was made by A.W.Fr. Kister of Scheibe-Alsbach/Thuringia, c. 1920 (height is : 9.5 cm / 3.75”). 

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