Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth – Part of a Dining Service from the ‘Arms’ Service for the Imperial Villa in Bad Ischl, 49 pieces, porcelain, made by Meissen, gilt-edged, each with painted crowned Austrian coat of arms, including: oval lidded terrine, 2 round lidded bowls, 1 bowl with wooden handle, 1 quadratic bowl, 4 round platters, 3 oval platters, 3 gravy boats, 3 soup dishes, 11 deep dish, 16 dessert plates, some with under-glaze blue sword mark, some with signs of use, Lid of the lid tureen a bit damaged, mostly c. 1857, (Lu)
The white ‘Arms’ Service with gold edging was commissioned from Meissen by Archduchess Sophie on the occasion of her visit to Dresden in May of 1857. It was used as a dinner service in the Imperial Villa in Bad Ischl and was stored there in a room adjacent to the dining room on a specially made sideboard. The service was used for all family gatherings in Bad Ischl, as well as countless visits by various rulers. Provenance: Kaiser Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth, Archduchess Marie Valerie and descendants.
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