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Countess Elisabeth-Alexandrine de Ficquelmont, princess Clary-Aldringen, and her daughter Edmée, countess Carlo di Robilant e Cereaglio
A young countess of the Schönborn family posing for an artistic photo.
Countess Marietta Silva-Tarouca with her daughters at the horse races in Prague.
During the baroque era, the nobility started to move into the cities and built themselves lavish residences called Palais. The Palais Kinsky in Vienna, belonging to the princely Kinsky family, is one of the most outstanding pieces.
This page lists comital families in the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whether extant or extinct. The style of address was, but not in all cases, Erlaucht (Illustrious Highness). Also used was Gräfliche Gnaden (Comital Grace). The Austrian comital title (Graf) was the second most prestigious title of the Austrian nobility, forming the higher nobility (hoher Adel) alongside the princes (Furst); this close inner circle, called the 100 Familien (100 families), possessed enormous riches and lands. They also had great influence at the court and thus played an important role in politics and diplomacy.[note 1]
Nobility was formally abolished in Austria in 1919.
^The German forms of the titles are Graf (count) and Gräfin (countess) and, for a Countess not being married, the title Komtesse (borrowed from the French languageComtesse), while Hungarian forms are gróf (count) and grófnő (countess born or granted with the title) or grófné (count's wife).