Antique Annotated Calling Card King Edward VII Mistress Mélanie de Pourtalès

Product code: 6087
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£95.00
For sale is a fine antique embossed calling card from one of King Edward VII mistresses, Louise Sophie Mélanie Renouard de Bussière, better known by her married name Countess Edmond de Pourtalès (1836-1914 ). It was annotated by the Princess, being an invitation to meet the Prince of Wales at her home Villa St. Priest in Cannes circa 1880. She was his lover in the 1860's.
From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, wealthy American socialites who owned the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1880s and 1890s. They were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family traditon once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.
She was a French salonniére and courtier. Her salon was regarded as one of the most famed during the Second French Empire, when she was one of the leading figures in Parisian high society and imperial court life.

She was born in 1836 to Baron Alfred Renouard de Bussière and Sophie Mélanie de Coehoorn. In 1857, she married a banker, Count Edmond de Pourtalès (1828-1895).

She was introduced to the French imperial court by the Austrian ambassador, Richard von Metternich, and appointed as lady-in-waiting to the empress, Eugénie de Montijo.​​​​​​​
Size: 10 x 6.5 cm approx

Product Code 6087