Sale, Christie's, Geneva, 11 November 1986, lot 233
The sitter was born near Hanover to Duke Charles of Mecklenburg and his wife Princess Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt. In 1793 she married Crown Prince Frederick William, later King of Prussia and the couple had nine children. In 1806 Prussia suffered a disastrous defeat at the battle of Jena-Amerstedt. At the Peace Treaty of Tilst in 1807, Louise bravely pleaded with Napoleon in order to try and secure better terms for her adopted country. Although her efforts were in vain, Napoleon described her as Prussia's only minister and her popularly as Queen transcends the generations.
Slightly slipping in the frame there are some glue stains along the margin between 4 and 6 o'clock, which are not serious. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."