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Signed ‘ N Schrödl.f ’
A Label to the Reverse Inscribed in Ink Reading: ‘Victoria de Kent. Reine D’Angleterre 1819-1901 Couronneé en 1837 à Westminster Impératrice des Indes en 1876 ✷ Portrait à 25 ans par Norbert-Michaël Schrödl né en 1816 et Mort en 1890 à Dresde’
The ivory plaque bound in a brass frame
Size: 14.5cm high, 10cm wide, 2.5cm deep - 5¾ ins high, 4 ins wide, 1 ins deep
Ex Belgian Private collection
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 16, item no. 40 for a pair of large ivory portrait medallions of the 11th Duke of Hamilton and his wife, Marie Amelie Elizabeth Caroline of Baden, attributed to Norbert Schrödl
cf: An ivory portrait medallion of a Lady signed by Norbert Schrödl in the New York Metropolitan Museum Acc.No.1976.422.6
On February 10th 1840 Queen Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She had first met him in May 1836 when her mother, The Duchess of Kent, together with her brother King Leopold of Belgium arranged a meeting. William IV strongly disapproved of any match with the Saxe-Coburgs, favouring instead the suit of Prince Alexander, the second son of the Prince of Orange. However, Victoria was keenly aware of all these matrimonial plans and critically appraised a parade of eligible princes. She disliked Alexander, describing him as ‘very plain’, but of Albert she wrote ‘extremely handsome... he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth; but the charm of his countenance is his expression, which is most delightful’.