This portrait miniature by Johannes Zehngraf was auctioned at Christie’s in November 2012.
King Carol I of Romania, in black coat with gold collar and epaulettes, wearing numerous orders and medals including the chain of the Order of the House of Hohenzollern, the breast-stars of the Order of the Crown of Romania and the Star of Romania, the jewel of the Royal Prussian Order Pour le Mérite. Signed ‘Zehngraf’ (lower left), on ivory oval, 2¼ in. (58 mm.) high, rectangular gold-bordered nephrite easel-stand frame set with enamel flowerheads. It was estimated between 2,000 – 3,000 GBP and sold for 11,875 GBP ($19,000).
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I would like to share with you, dear readers, a few wonderful examples of souvenirs, which I found in the archives, produced for the occasion of the Romanian Coronation in 1922, dedicated to King Ferdinand and Queen Marie.
After the Declaration of War – the departure of a Romanian regiment for the front. The Crown Prince Carol of Romania (right, second) watches the men of a regiment of infantry proceeding on active service as they march through the streets on their way to the front.
A few years after the First World War, Queen Marie of Romania was asked to write an article for ‘The Graphic’ entitled “What the Future Holds. Monarchy”. There she was of the view that monarchies are essential as rallying points for the peoples of the countries of Eastern Europe, and that after the onslaught of the Great War and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia monarchy will rise once more in serener skies as a star of hope to which all will turn. Marie recognised with her specific vanity that she had become a sort of a philosophical thinker, discussing the fate of those thrones in the aftermath of the Great War. Among the opinions uttered by Marie, there was an interesting appreciation on the monarch’s mission, which I find it worth to present on my blog:
Every king today takes his life in his hand, and has to face the music. He knows that the world is sitting in judgment upon his caste, wondering if his time is not passing, if one had not better get on without him, or try something else, something newer, more in keeping with our democratic times.
He is not asked what he thinks or feels about it, but I for one have just this word to say: I look on quietly from my height upon all your struggles, debates and improvements, at the chaos brought about by your violent changes, and this is the conclusion I have come to: your desperate efforts to find something better than monarchy make me believe ever more firmly that our day is far from being over. I think the world is going through a period of extreme unrest which resembles drunkenness; a drunkenness which is bound, however to sober down finally, and of which the natural reaction will be a desire of order, peace, stability; for something which is undeniably recognized and that will be a guaranty of quiet, of continuity.
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Princess Marie in her first Romanian peasant costume (from the Arges ethnographic region) given to her by King Carol as a wedding gift. Romanian peasant dress was introduced for court festivities and ceremonies by Queen Elizabeth. The peasants were identified in the national ideology as the quintessential Romanians and many among the Romanian elite started in that period to follow the court’s example and express their national identity by wearing peasant attire when participating at national events and other festivities. Princess Marie from the very beginning wrote to her mother: «The other day there was a charity ball here, and everybody came in Romanian costumes, it looked so pretty».
[see D.M, 'Marie of Romania. Images of a Queen', RRB, 2007, p.16] Continue reading