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June 10, 2014

Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Baden's Pearl Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1830.  In 1924, it was lengthened in the back with gilt gold and imitation pearls so that it could be worn across the forehead as a bandeau.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds set in gold
Grand Duchess Stéphanie
Queen Carola
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Baden;
  2. Queen Carola of Saxony; inherited from her grandmother in 1860
  3. Countess Marie of Flanders; inherited from her cousin in 1907
  4. Queen Elisabeth of Belgium; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1912
  5. Queen Marie José of Italy; from her mother in 1924 on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday and her first court ball
  6. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy; inherited from her mother in 2001
  7. Mannheim Museum; bought at auction at Christie's in 2007
Queen Marie José
Queen Marie José
Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  Christie's

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