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Portrait of an Austrian General

Elmar Lang

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some time ago, I've found this fine portrait of Felmarschallieutnant Baron Bianchi, Duca di Casalanza (a title granted by the King of Naples).

Almost all the orders in wear, are perfectly depicted: very interesting the Grand Cross with diamonds awarded by the King of Sardinia, in the hope that Bianchi would accept to enter service in the Sardinian Army.

With the picture (slightly damaged, though), I've acquired his "brodée" breast star of the Neapolitan Order of St. Ferdinand and of the Merit ("Ordine di S. Ferdinando e del Merito"), his "Kanonenkreuz" and a few minor objects belonged to the general.

Curiously, the Kanonenkreuz is engraved "Max Wimpfen F.M.L.". A question rises: maybe, Bianchi and Wimpffen exchanged their own crosses as a sign of friendship?

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