Umberto II, King of Italy (1904-1983); sale, Geneva, Sotheby's, 12 November 1984, lot 37
Hofstetter, 2008, p. 100, note 133
The sitter was the eldest daughter of Louis, Dauphin of France, the only son of King Louis XV and Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony. This miniature was painted in the year of her engagement and marriage to Carlo Emanuele, Prince of Piedmont, later King of Sardinia (1751-1819). Their union was one of several arranged between the royal houses of France and Savoy during this period.
One or two dark stain spots in the background but overall good. "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."