Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 15 November 2016

Ahead of the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Auction on 15 November 2016 in Switzerland, we take a look at the jewels with Royal Provenance offered for sale. Included are a suite of suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry from the collection of Empress Marie-Louise of France, an emerald cameo from the collection of Princesse Lobanoff de Rostoff & HRH Nicholas of Romania, a pearl necklace from a European Princely Family, a Fabergé box from the collection of Princess Anastasia of Greece, and a diamond bracelet formerly belonging to Countess Mona von Bismarck.


Estimate: $30,000-$50,000 | Estimate: $25,000-$40,000 | Estimate: $55,000-$75,000

Formerly in the collection of Empress Marie-Louise of France

A sapphire and diamond tiara designed as an openwork scrolling bandeau, set with old-cut diamonds, applied with five sapphire and diamond graduated clusters, set with old-cut diamonds and with pear-shaped sapphire accents. A sapphire and diamond bracelet designed as a continuous row of mirrored fleur de lys motifs, set with old and rose-cut diamonds, enhanced with eight cushion-shaped sapphires. A pair of sapphire and diamond brooches designed as an old and rose-cut diamond fleur de lys, centering an octagonal-cut sapphire. Originally described as “An historic sapphire and diamond suite made for the empress Marie Louise and lastly owned by the duchess of Habsburg-Lothringen”, when at auction in Christie’s London, 12 July 1961, the suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry is thought to have come from the collection of Empress Marie-Louise of France (1791-1847), second wife of Emperor Napoleon, who passed it down to her Habsburg relatives. In 1961, the suite was bought by German banker August von Finck in 1961, and appeared a auction in November 2012, as Property of a German Nobleman. The tiara and necklace were seen on the Duchess of Lorraine, a grandniece of emperor Franz Josef I of Austria.


Estimate: $60,000-$80,000

Formerly in the collection of Princesse Lobanoff de Rostoff & HRH Nicholas of Romania

An emerald cameo in high relief depicting a female bust within a rose-cut diamond surround and detachable pendant hoop. Formerly owned by Princess Wera Lobanoff de Rostoff and first auction in the famous ‘Lobanoff auction’, which  was held in Lausanne in January 1920, the emerald cameo pendant was  again auction in May 1964, held in Bern, as lot 20 from the HRH Prince Nicholas of Romania, who might have inherited it from his mother, the legendary HM Queen Marie of Romania.


Estimate: $250,000-$350,000

Formerly in the collection of a European Princely Family

The two-strand pearl necklace, composed of sixty-five and sixty natural pearls, was formerly owned by Hélène Pillet-Will (1875-1946), 9th Duchesse de La Trémoïlle, 10th Duchesse de Thouars, & 11th Princesse de Tarente et de Talmont and passed by descent to the present owner.


Estimate: $150,000-$200,000

Formerly in the collection of Princess Anastasia of Greece

A three-colour, gold-mounted rhodonite and enamel box marked Fabergé in the original velvet and silk-lined wooden box stamped ‘Fabergé Petrograd Moscow London‘ beneath the Imperial warrant. It was bought by Mrs W. B. Leeds (1878-1923), later Princess Anastasia of Greece, from Fabergé’s London branch on 14 December 1916 for £75. The box was previously auctioned at Sotheby’s, New York, 24 October 2000.


Estimate: $500,000-$700,000

Formerly in the collection of Countess Mona von Bismarck

This Cartier diamond bracelet, which features a marquise-cut diamond within an old-cut collet-set diamond frame, was commissioned in the 1960s by Countess Mona von Bismarck. First married to wealthy American Harrison Williams, Mona married Count Edward von Bismarck, grandson of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, after his death.Known as “the best-dressed woman in the world”, she counted among her friends Salvador Dalí, Cecil Beaton, Presidents Roosevelt and Eisenhower,the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, Greta Garbo, Cristòbal Balenciaga and Hubert de Givenchy. The bracelet was first auctioned in Geneva, 13 May 1986, in The Magnificent Jewels of the late Countess Mona Bismarck auction.


For more information, check out:

Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels- 15 November 2016

Sale Catalogue 

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