March 30, 2014

Duchesse d' Angoulême's Ruby Parure Tiara

Creation:   This tiara was made in 1816 by Evrard Bapst and Pierre-Nicholas Menière using a tiara made in 1811 by Francois-Regnault Nitot that had previously belonged to Empress Marie Louise of France.

Materials:  rubies and diamonds
Copy of the Nitot tiara in garnets and white sapphires

  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of France, Duchesse d' 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 then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance until 1878
  6. Exposition Universelle; it was displayed with the rest of the crown jewels during the third World Fair in Paris in 1878
  7. Musée du Louvre; in 1884 it was displayed with the rest of the crown jewels
  8. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn?
  • Does the tiara currently belong to the Niarchos family?


1 comment :

  1. This is one of my all time favorites. I wish there was some way to find out who owns it now. I hope, hope, hope, it has not been broken up. I wish I had more time to look and comment on more of these. These is fabulous to look at.