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Empress Josephine Beauharnais | Diamonds
Masked balls and dance events were a popular alternation of the royal court in Munich in 1840/1841, which were celeprated at great expense, for fundraisers. Thus the Hofkurier reports on 1 February 1840 the following from the Carneval am Hof:
During yesterday’s big masked ball in the royal Hofthater, that of the royal. Court….
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The first which was preceded by a herald and trumpeter introduced the chief characters of the novel Kenilwoth, with their Maj. Queen Therese appearing in the richest ornament as Queen Elizabeth of England, the Crown Prince as Leicester.
The subject „Tasso“ was chosen for the second movement, with the duchess Duchess von Leuchtenberg, in the richest costumes, showing herself as princess of Este, surrounded by her court.
The third was formed by twenty ladies of the local aristocracy, who performed a martial march and dance in the graceful Amazonian costumes taken from the ballet la revolte dans le serail, under the guidance of their royal princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg:
All the costumes were distinguished by their splendor as a tasteful choice; the costumes of the highest and highest nobility were covered and dotted with a wealth of jewels and jewels, which is invaluable.
The Duchess of Leuchtenberg, Princess Auguste of Bavaria (1788-1851), eldest daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his first wife Princess Auguste Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, married to Eugène de Beauharnais (1781- 1824), Duke of Leuchtenberg Viceroy of Italy. The son of Marie Josephe Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, later Empress Joséphine.
In 1817 King Maximilian I gave Joseph, her husband and his family the title of Duke of Leuchtenberg and Prince of Eichstätt.
Her fourth daughter, Princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg, in the upper left of the picture, with costume jeweled.
On the chest diamond ears are arranged for suns, a necklace and bracelets, and ornaments are probably made of jewels are abundantly distributed on the dress, a bow-shaped brooch on the neckline and a tiara with structure is visible on the head. The jewelry may come from the Duchess of Leuchtenberg, who also received a portion of the diamond ears of the coronation robe and jewelry of Empress Josephine.
A year later, a spectacular masquerade ball took place, in which Princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg performed a Basque dance dressed in jewels, at that time she was already the fiancee of the Earl of Württemberg, later she married and also on the occasion of her wedding became a costume ball held.
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