A head sculpture of one of the most loved and admired women in the 18th century, the original Queen of Hearts, that is sure to distinguish one from other figurehead collectors.
The sculpture is a homage to the wife of King Frederick William III whose kind heart and altruistic personality earned her the respect and adoration of the Prussian people. This petite, vivid bust of the Queen of Hearts is a vibrant deco or addition to a collection of bust sculptures.
The material used for this bust is bisque porcelain - a creamy white and an unglazed ceramic used predominantly by Chinese artisans in earlier times and was subsequently used by European artisans in the 18th century. The use of bisque porcelain was favored by sculptors due to its warm, natural color and texture.
Queen Louise of Prussia
The original "Queen of Hearts", Queen Louise of Prussia was the Queen Consort to King Frederick William III. Although their marriage was brief, they had nine children together, two of whom would grow up to become the ruling sovereigns of Prussia (King Frederick William IV) and of the German Empire (Emperor William I). Her simple upbringing, and earnest and compassionate personality earned her the admiration of the Prussians, while her devotion and support for her husband paved the way for her rise and prominence within the political spheres. Such was her political prominence and intelligence that she will eternally be remembered as the lady who faced Napoleon Bonaparte to negotiate the terms of a peace deal between France and Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. Queen Louise, however, was not only a supportive wife, perceptive politician but also a fashion icon who impressed others with her intelligence and charm. Her untimely death at a young age of 34 was a great loss but her legacy continues to live on.
- Material: bisque porcelain
- Dimensions: 9 cm
- Made in Germany