Catherine the Great of Russia (1729–1796)

Onyx and gold | 1.9 x 1.5cm | c. 1790

Unknown Artist

In his catalogue of Weil’s collection Ernst Kris suggested the Austrian archduchess and Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa as the subject of this portrait, but the imposing countenance and ample bosom are those of Catherine the Great (1729–1796) in adv...
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