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January 4, 2012

Duchess of Leuchtenberg's Sapphire Parure Tiara

Creation: This tiara was most likely created by Marie-Etienne Nitot. It is very flexible and composed of 11 separate sections that can be removed to better fit the individual wearers needs. The sapphires were interchangeable with pearls but are now fixed in place and the pearls were used in other jewelry.  

Materials: diamonds and 11 sapphires
Queen Victoria
Queen Josephine
Queen Josephine
Provenance:

  1. Duchess Augusta Amalia of Leuchtenberg née Princess of Bavaria; from Empress Josephine of France on the occasion of the birth of her oldest son, Prince Auguste, in December 1810
  2. Queen Josephine of Sweden & Norway née Princess of Leuchtenberg; from her mother on the occasion her 1823 marriage to King Oscar I of Sweden
  3. Queen Sophia of Sweden & Norway née Princess of Nassau; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1876
  4. Queen Victoria of Sweden née Princess of Baden; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1881 marriage to King Gustaf V of Sweden
  5. Bernadotte Family Foundation; left by Queen Victoria in 1930
Queen Louise
Princess Birgitta
Princess Sibylla
Questions:
  • Did Marie-Etienne Nitot or another jeweller create this tiara?
Queen Silvia
Queen Silvia
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