They are cool beautiful objects which compare well with the fine eme rald green enamel vanity cases glittering with diamonds and hanging from silken tassels into which the Russian archduchesses
placed the things women carry in such vanity cases regardless of social position.
Not to mention the queen of Spain, the former empress of Iran, the former king and queen of Greece, and the past and present highnesses of various principalities and powers, the dukes and archdukes, princes, princesses, and archduchesses
, remnants of the great families that once ruled Europe who crowded into the small Orthodox church of St.
Just before he began playing, he turned to court musician and Kapellmeister Antonio Salieri, and said, "I'll play, but you have to turn the pages." After his performance, he climbed on Empress Maria Theresa's lap to kiss her and announced when he was a grown man he would marry one of the archduchesses
present, Marie Antoinette, then not yet seven.