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January 16, 2017

Empress Eugenie of France's Fringe Tiara

Empress Eugenie France Fringe Tiara Bapst
Creation:  This tiara was created by Bapst in 1864.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  2. French State Treasury; the tiara was kept at Brest, France from 1870 to 1872 along with the rest of the crown jewels and then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance, it was displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle and at the Musée du Louvre in 1884
  3. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

January 9, 2017

Empress Eugenie of France's Meander Tiara

Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst
Creation:  This tiara was made by Bapst in 1867.  It was the third in a series of meander tiaras made by Bapst for Empress Eugenie.  The first two tiaras were made in 1856 and 1864 and had the Regent Diamond placed in the center and then on top of the tiara, before being completely removed in the 1867 version.

Materials:  612 diamonds totaling 320 carats
Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst Regent
1856 version
Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst Regent
Empress Eugenie in the 1864 version


Provenance:
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  2. French State Treasury; the tiara was kept at Brest, France from 1870 to 1872 along with the rest of the crown jewels and then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance, it was displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle and at the Musée du Louvre in 1884
  3. Germain Bapst; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic for 131,500 francs

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

January 2, 2017

Empress Marie Louise of France's Ears of Wheat Tiara

Empress Marie Louise of France Ears of Wheat Tiara Chaumet Nitot
Creation:  This tiara was created by Chaumet using nine of the one hundred and fifty diamond ears of wheat that were made by Marie-Étienne Nitot for Empress Marie Louise of France in 1811.

Empress Marie Louise of France Ears of Wheat Tiara Chaumet Nitot
unknown model
Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Chaumet

Other Wearers:
  • Unknown Model in Paris Match

Questions:
  • When did Chaumet make the ears of wheat into a tiara?
  • How did Chaumet acquire Empress Marie Louise's ears of wheat?
Photos:  Chaumet

December 26, 2016

Duchess of Angoulême's Turquoise Tiara

France Duchess Angouleme Turquoise Tiara Bapst
Creation: This tiara was made by Frederic and Evrard Bapst in 1820 using stones from the French Crown collection.

Materials: turquoises and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of France, Duchess of Angoulême; until her exile to the United Kingdom in 1830 
  2. Queen Marie Amélie of France; as consort of Louis Philippe I beginning in 1830 until her exile in 1848
  3. French State Treasury; during the French Second Republic 
  4. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  5. French State Treasury; the tiara was kept at Brest, France from 1870 to 1872 along with the rest of the crown jewels and then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance, it was displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle and at the Musée du Louvre in 1884
  6. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

December 19, 2016

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Turquoise Tiara

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Turquoise Tiara
Creation:  This tiara was made in 1895 by Fabergé.

Materials:  turquoises and diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Alix of Hesse

Questions: 
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolsheviks following the Russian Revolution?  
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

December 5, 2016

Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse's Turquoise & Moonstone Tiara

Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara
Creation:

Materials:  turquoises, moonstones, and diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse née Princess of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich; from her husband, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine, for Christmas in 1905
  2. Princess Margaret of Hesse née Geddes; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1937 marriage to Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine
  3. Susan Geddes née Carter, Baroness Geddes; inherited by her husband, Euan Geddes, 3rd Baron Geddes, from his aunt in 1997
Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara
Grand Duchess Eleonore
Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara Susan Geddes
Susan Geddes
Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

November 28, 2016

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Tiara

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Creation:

Materials:  pink topazes and diamonds

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Princess Marie
Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie of Württemberg née Waldeck-Pyrmont; on the occasion of her 1877 marriage to King Wilhelm II of Württemberg
  2. Unknown Owner
  3. Thomas Fäerber
  4. Unknown Owner

Questions:

Links:

November 21, 2016

Queen Louise of Prussia's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara

Queen Louise of Prussia Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made in the early 19th century.

Materials: pink topaz and diamond set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Queen Louise of Prussia nee Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  2. Princess Louise of the Netherlands nee Prussia; from her mother
  3. Queen Louise of Sweden nee Princess of the Netherlands; from her mother
  4. Queen Louise of Denmark nee Princess of Sweden; from her mother
  5. Princess Louise of Schaumburg-Lippe nee Denmark; from her mother
  6. Princess Marie Louise of Prussia nee Schaumburg-Lippe; from her mother
  7. Princess Louise of Prussia; from her mother
  8. Albion Art Collection; after 2009

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn?

Links:
Photos: Albion

November 14, 2016

Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria's Habsburg Fringe Tiara

austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert
Creation: This tiara was made by Kochert circa 1890.

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert archduchess maria theresa
Archduchess Maria Theresa

Provenance:
  1. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria nee Infanta of Portugal
  2. Princess Elisabeth Amalie of Liechtenstein nee Archduchess of Austria; inherited from her mother in 1944
  3. Princess Gina of Liechtenstein nee Countess Georgina of Wilczek; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1960
  4. Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein nee Countess Kinsky of Wchinitz & Tettau; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1989
  5. Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein nee Duchess of Bavaria; from her mother-in-law
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess gina
Princess Gina
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess marie
Princess Marie
Other Wearers
  • Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein nee de L'Arbre de Malander; at her 1971 wedding to Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess isabelle
Princess Isabelle
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess sophie
Hereditary Princess Sophie
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?

Links: