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An Old Label to the Inside Inscribed in Ink ‘Wife of Pedro I and Daughter of Eugéne De Beauharnais’
Small Abrasions to Varnish
Circa 1820 – 1825
Size: 1.9cm high, 10cm dia. - ¾ ins high, 4 ins dia.
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 65, and catalogue no. 13, item no. 55, for two further examples of Stobwasser snuff boxes
During the Napoleonic wars the Portuguese royal court transferred to Brazil, for both safety and economic reasons as by 1800 the prosperity of the colony had outstripped that of Portugal. Rio de Janeiro was transformed into the centre of the Portuguese empire. When John VI returned to Lisbon in 1821 his son Pedro remained behind as Regent marrying Amélie de Beauharnais. In 1822 he became Emperor Pedro I of Brazil in an almost bloodless coup and established an independent empire that lasted until the abdication of his son Pedro II in 1889.