Lot 308: Edgardo Saporetti(1865 - 1909) Margherita of Savoy
November 12, 2016
Sarasota, FL, USALive Auction
Description: Edgardo Saporetti (Italian, 1865 - 1909) Oil on Canvas Portrait of Princess Margherita of Savoy during her time as queen. Signed and dated 1897 lower left. Sight Size: 37 x 29 inches. Princess Margherita of Savoy (Margherita Maria Teresa Giovanna; 20 November 1851 4 January 1926), was the Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy during the reign (18781900) of her husband, Umberto I. In 1881, the mining town of Margherita in Assam, India was named after her. In 1879, the town of Margherita di Savoia, in Apulia, Italy, near Barletta, was named after her. According to legend, in 1889, the Margherita pizza, whose red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese represent the Italian flag, was named after her. In 1906, the Queen mothers nephew Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi made the first ascent of the highest summit of Mount Stanley (the third highest mountain in Africa) and named it Margherita Peak in her honour. On 9 January 1878, Umberto succeeded as the new King of Italy. She became his Queen consort and remained by his side for the rest of his reign. Umberto, after the attempted murders by anarchists Giovanni Passannante and Pietro Acciarito, was killed by another anarchist, Gaetano Bresci, on 29 July 1900. Margherita encouraged artists and writers and founded cultural institutions, notably the Società del Quartetto, and the Casa di Dante. She was a benefactor of many charities, especially the Red Cross. On 18 August 1893, in the company of various guides, porters, Alpini, politicians and aristocrats, Margherita climbed the Punta Gnifetti (or Signalkuppe), a peak of the Monte Rosa massif on the Swiss-Italian border, for the inauguration of the mountain hut named after her. The Capanna Regina Margherita, remains the highest hut in Europe. Margherita later accepted the position of Honorary President of the Ladies' Alpine Club. Politically she leant towards Fascismin October 1922 the quadrumvirs (Emilio De Bono, Italo Balbo, Michele Bianchi and Cesare Maria de Vecchi) visited her at Bordighera to pay their respects prior to the March on Rome.