30 October, 2011

Primus Inter Pares

 Isabel of Brazil in 1870

"I had a thousand thrones, a thousand thrones I would give to free the slaves of Brazil"

In 1888 During her father's, Emperor Pedro II, absence abroad, Princess Isabel, heir to the throne, acted as regent and signed the Golden Law, a law emancipating at once all slaves in Brazil. This action would ultimately lead to the end of the Empire of Brazil.


- Isabel, Imperial Princess of Brazil

28 October, 2011

Casual Friday

Emperor Franz I of Austria in Coronation Robes. Friedrich von Amerling. 1832

23 October, 2011

Europa Nostra

Russian Grand Duchesses hosting the Duchess of Connaught , Queen Victoria's representant  to the festivities of the coronation of Nicholas II.  Moscow, 1896.

19 October, 2011

Last Days of Rome

Marie-Hélène de Rothschild wearing her antlers at the start of her Surrealist Ball.

"In 1981 President Miterrand nationalised the 100 years old Rothschild family bank, provoking Guy de Rothschild to move to New York, come out of retirement and set up business there. His wife Marie-Hélène followed him and transfered her ancien régime socialising from the Hôtel Lambert to Lexington Avenue instead, leaving a vacuum in Paris high society. (...) Kim d'Estainville spoke for all the beau monde when he said, "The old order is now gone"".

- Alicia Drake

15 October, 2011

Portraits of Power


 Wedding of Emperor Barbarossa and Beatrix of Burgundy
Bishop Herold's investiture with the duchy of Franconia 


Les Amoureux

Magister Dixit:

"I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility."

- Imelda Marcos
Princess Yvonne und Prince Alexander  by their mother, Princess Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. 1955 

Piercing Eyes


Masters and Slaves

14 October, 2011

Life Imitating Art

La Salle Ronde, Adolph von Menzel


"At the age of seven i had a total coup de foudre before a reproduction of a painting by Menzel representing Frederick the Great surrounded by friends, one of whom was Voltaire, and receiving them at Sans Souci. I immediately decided that this elegant and refined scene represented the life that was worth living, a sort of ideal that I have since endeavoured to achive."

- Karl Lagerfeld