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December 21, 2011

Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem

Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem Lemonnier
Creation: This tiara was made in 1853 by Gabriel Lemonnier using jewels from the French Crown collection that were previously used by Empress Marie Louise of France and Princess Marie Therese, Duchesse d' Angouleme.

Materials: 212 pearls and 1998 diamonds set in silver
Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem Lemonnier
Empress Eugenie
Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem Lemonnier Princess Margrethe Klementine of Thurn und Taxis
Princess Margrethe Klementine
Provenance:
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; from her husband Emperor Napoleon III on the occasion of their 1853 marriage
  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
    Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem Lemonnier Princess Gloria Thurn und Taxis
    Princess Gloria
  3. Julius Jacob; bought at an auction of the French crown jewels by the National Assembly in May 1887 for 78,100 French Francs
  4. Princess Margarethe Klementine of Thurn und Taxis; from her husband, Prince Albert I, on the occasion of their 1890 marriage
  5. Prince Franz Joseph of Thurn und Taxis; inherited from his mother in 1955
  6. Prince Karl August of Thurn und Taxis; inherited from his brother in 1971
  7. Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis; from her father-in-law on the occasion of her 1980 marriage to Prince Johannes but later sold to pay inheritance taxes after the death of her husband
  8. Musée du Louvre; bought by the Friends of the Louvre in 1992 for 935,000 Deutsch Marks
Empress Eugénie of France's Pearl Diadem Lemonnier
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Photos: Louvre

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