PROPERTY FROM THE BOURBON PARMA FAMILY
Marie-Louise, Archduchess of Austria, was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis II (1768-1835) and Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772-1807). She married as his second wife Emperor Napoleon I on 11 March 1810; a year later she gave birth to the Roi de Rome, heir to the throne. Following Napoleon's abdication in April 1814, Marie-Louise became the Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, where, popular among her subjects, she lived for the reminder of her life. She melted the magnificent silver toilet set she had received as a wedding present from the town of Paris so that the proceeds could be spent in helping the population after the devastating cholera epidemic of 1836. At her death, the duchy of Parma was restored to the Bourbon-Parma line and Charles Louis of Bourbon-Parma (1799-1883) became Charles II Duke of Parma.
A further group from the same service was sold Noblesse Oblige, Sotheby's, London, 14 April 2011, lot 118
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