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1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Charles Margrave Burgau Austria Habsburg EUM1
1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Charles Margrave Burgau Austria Habsburg EUM1
1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Charles Margrave Burgau Austria Habsburg EUM1

1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Charles Margrave Burgau Austria Habsburg EUM1

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This is an original 1721 black and white copper engraving of "Carl Ertz Herzog von Österreich, Marg-Graff in Burgau." This is a portrait of Margrave Charles of Burgau, the son of Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, and Philippine Welser. He was husband to his first cousin, Sybille of Cleves, the youngest daugther of William, Duke of JŸlich-Cleves-Berg and Maria, Archduchess of Austria, daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, and a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece, an exclusive order of chivalry. He is identified as such by the neck order, a livery collar, he is wearing in this portrait. As a child of the morganatic and secret marriage between Ferdinand II and Philippine Wesler, a woman from a European family of great significance and wealth, yet not nobility, Charles of Burgau, along with Philippine's other children, received the name "of Austria" but would only be entitled to inherit the Habsburg's domain if the House of Habsburg became totally extinct in the male line. Thus, the sons born of this marriage received the title Margrave of Burgau, an old Habsburg possession in Further Austria. The portrait is surrounded by a wonderful decorative motif mimicking a frame set against an etched background. The design features a subtly ornate frame with two sets of drapes resting atop a base with a decorative broach-like oval framed by two additional cherubs draped in a botanical design. This piece is accompanied by the original German biographical text printed on a separate sheet and features a decorative drop cap and an exquisite vignette incorporating the heraldic, two-headed Quarter Eagle and the Crown of the Austrian Empire and a botanical inspired tailpiece.


This 290+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light foxing and aging. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print and there is light offsetting from the facing page on the accompanying text print.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 13.5 inches; 20 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer an extremely rare and impressive early eighteenth century collection of biographies and portrait engravings and etchings, produced in Leipzig, Germany in 1721 and 1722. Included are notable monarchs, rulers, religious figures, and members of notable Houses throughout Europe, including several genealogical charts of dynastic lines, spanning the sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. The collection is comprised of exquisitely engraved and etched copper portrait plates framed by varying decorative motifs, all engraved by Johann Friedrich Rosbach. Many of the portraits include separate biographical pieces ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages for more notable European monarchs and emperors. If present, the accompanying text is in German and is composed of beautiful woodcut text, with most pages containing elegantly etched drop cap initials, head-and tail-pieces and vignettes. The superb, folio-sized stock upon which the collection is engraved and etched employed the latest advances in eighteenth century paper making and highlights the era's predilection for strong, lightly sized paper with a fine structure and smooth surface. The paper's characteristics are thus similar to Japanese Gampi, and the result is well-preserved and crisp images that exceptionally capture Rosbach's fluid and sharp line work. This collection represents a unique opportunity to collect a valuable part of European history stunningly composed and illustrated.

Keywords specific to this image: Art, Neck Ruff, Armor, Holy Roman Empire, Habsburg Empire, Habsburg Dynasty, Habsburg Monarchy, European History, European Nobility, European Royalty