Pedro II of Braganza and Habsburg, Emperor of Brazil (1825-1891); by descent to Carlos Tasso de Saxe-Coburgo e Bragança (b. 1931); sale, Zurich, Galerie Koller, 21-26 May 1984, lot 7220
The sitters in this miniature are the two eldest children of Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his wife Princess Clémentine of Orléans, daughter of Louis Philippe, King of the French. Prince Ferdinand joined the army and also formed an important collection of coins. In 1875 he married his cousin Louise, Princess of Belgium. Three years earlier, in 1871, his brother, Prince Ludwig August travelled to Brazil where he married Princess Leopoldina, daughter of Emperor Pedro II.
The image has overall 'heated up', giving the work an overall pinkish tonality. "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."