Archduke Géza of Austria

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Archduke Géza of Austria
Prince Imperial of Austria; Prince Royal of Hungary; Croatia, and Bohemia
Spouse Monika Decker
Elizabeth Jane Kunstadter
Issue Franz Ferdinand
Ferdinand Leopold
Maximilian Philip
Isabella Maria Luisa
Full name
German: Géza Ladislaus Euseb Gerhard Rafael Albert Maria
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
Mother Princess Anna of Saxony
Born (1940-11-14) 14 November 1940 (age 73)

Archduke Géza of Austria, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia (given names: Géza Ladislaus Euseb Gerhard Rafael Albert Maria; born 14 November 1940, in Budapest), in Austria and Hungary only known by law as Géza von Habsburg,[1] is the son of Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria (1895–1957) and his wife Princess Anna of Saxony (1903–1976) thus he is a grandson of King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and great-great grandson (on his father's mother's side) of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sissi). Géza is a Fabergé expert and has published many books and articles on the jewellers Peter Carl Fabergé and Victor Mayer. He is the curator of several major international Fabergé exhibitions.

Life[edit]

Monarchical styles of
Archduke Geza of Austria-Hungary
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Reference style His Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Géza attended universities in Fribourg and Bern, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; and Florence, Italy, before graduating as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Fribourg in 1965.

In 1966 he joined the staff of Christie, Manson & Woods Auctioneers as Chairman, Switzerland, overseeing a network of offices throughout Europe. In 1980 he became Chairman of European Operations for the company. Later in his career, he served for four years as Chairman, New York and Geneva, of Habsburg Fine Art International Auctioneers. In both companies, he specialized in silver and gold, objects of vertu and Russian art.

Géza von Habsburg is an internationally renowned author and leading authority on Fabergé. Much of his career has been devoted to organizing and curating exhibitions all over the world. He served as the curator and organizer for Fabergé, Jeweller to the Tsars (1986–87) at the Kunsthalle in Munich. Also, while a Board Member of the Fabergé Arts Foundation, he was Chief Curator of Fabergé, Imperial Court Jeweler (1993–94), which was shown in Saint Petersburg, Paris and London. He also served as Guest Curator of Fabergé in America, which toured five cities in the United States (1996–97).

As an educator, Géza von Habsburg served as an associate professor at the New York School of Interior Design, the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, and New York University. He is currently a lecturer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Some of his topics include "Princely Collections," "The Habsburgs as Collectors and Patrons of the Arts", and "Celebrated Habsburg Women".

Fluent in seven languages, Géza joined Fabergé Co. in 1994 as a consultant, spokesman and lecturer worldwide. He has written seven and co-written two books on Fabergé and related topics, as well as some 75 articles, which have been published in various art journals all over the world. In addition, he has been featured in a Russian film (1994), a Japanese film and two biographies for the Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E), all in association with Fabergé.

Géza has also been featured in the A&E documentary Treasures of the Habsburgs (1998), and in Habsburgs Today on the Romance Channel (1999).

Marriage and children[edit]

His first marriage, in 1965, was to Monika Decker (b. 1939): together they had three sons:

  • Franz Ferdinand (b. 1967), married to Theresa Joao Manuel Carlos in 1995, two children.[2]
  • Ferdinand Leopold (b. 1969) who works for UNDP in Southern Sudan. Married to Mary Nyanut Ring Machar in 1999, four children.[3]
  • Maximilian Philip (b. 1974) a teacher at Oundle School. Married to Arabella Lucy Mary Stafford Northcote in August 2013.[4]

They were divorced in 1991.

His second marriage, in 1991, was to Elizabeth Jane Kunstadter (Born 1957) produced a daughter:

  • Isabella Maria Luisa (Born 1996)

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Habsburg's titles are not recognised aymore in Austria or in Hungary, where he is referred to as Géza von Habsburg, which is his legal name. (See Austrian nobility)
  2. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/austria.html, "Austria"
  3. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/austria.html, "Austria"
  4. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/news/2013_1.htm, "Royal News of 2013"

External links[edit]

Archduke Géza of Austria
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 8 February 1933
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Archduke Istvan of Austria
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
79th position
Succeeded by
Archduke Michael of Austria