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AUSTRIA – GLASS STATUE – KAISER JOSEF IISKU: 26-44
$195.00This is a translucent glass statue of Austria’s Kaiser Josef II (1741-1790). He was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to his death in 1790. He also ruled the Hapsburg lands from 1780 to 1790. He was a proponent of enlightened absolutism. He was considered one of the Enlightenment’s greatest despots, along with Prussia’s König Frederick the Great and Russia’s Catherine II (a.k.a. the Great). His attempted modernization reforms aroused significant opposition, which eventually led to their failure to become fully enacted. The statue is considered is made of pressed glass and stands 7 1/2″ tall. Its base identifies him as “Josef II.” It is in very fine condition.