Mysterious old Eastern Europe: The Vampires of Transylvania (modern-day Romania). You know, something fascinating in the Austrian Royals line, evidenced in the portrait miniature gallery in one of the wonderful Vienna Museums I visited, where numerous family members show the hypertrichosis (Ambras Syndrome) which rendered them hairy all over face and body. While it must have been the most horrible of inherited maladies, the portraits of those family members with their fur-covered faces were quite beautiful, haunting, and surely the impetus for the old werewolf stories. It is those portraits, most 1600s, I believe, that come to mind when looking at this gentleman. Not that he has the syndrome, but he's certainly combed what hair he does have in a way to make him look the part, though I'm certain he's not even from Eastern Europe, and is a late 1700s French gentleman who probably fought proudly in Napoleon's Wars. He is dressed in a deep blue coat we think is a military uniform of his time, though we will defer to any expert out there who can tell us which uniform we're looking at. I believe it's French Navy (Marine Nationale). If you can help us identify the uniform, please email us and we'll add or correct our information. But isn't he grand!
Very good to excellent condition throughout. He's hand painted in gauche on thin iv ry wafer, typical of the genre, and is well framed in the original frame with original cover glass. Not a bit of loss or damage and a perfect addition to any collection, Napoleon's era.
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