Bonham’s London Jewels | 22 September 2021

It’s that time of year again! The major European Auction Houses are having their annual autumn Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and we are featuring the Royal and Noble highlights from the Bonham’s London Jewels Sale in London tomorrow!

Bonham’s London Jewels | 22 September 2021

Belle Époque Diamond Tiara

Estimate: £60,000-80,000

Property of a European Noble Family

Of highly stylised openwork floral design with central graduating garlands amongst fluttering ribbons, the Tiara, circa 1905, is millegrain-set throughout with vari-cut diamonds including old brilliant, oval, cushion and pear, mounted in gold and platinum. Italian jeweller and goldsmith, Giuseppe Knight (1832-1892), was born in Naples to an English family. He trained with his father, Henry and specialised in jewels in the Archaeological Revival style; an example of his work is in the collection of the British Museum.

Belle Époque Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch

Estimate: £ 25,000 – 35,000

From the late Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire

Featuring a large oval-cut aquamarine, set horizontally within a delicate border of old brilliant and single-cut diamonds, suspending a large aquamarine detachable drop with millegrain-set rose-cut diamond cap, mounted in platinum, one diamond missing, in fitted case by Harvey & Gore, 4 Burlington Gardens, London, with cream silk ruched interior. The Duchess wore this brooch in the photograph, sitting with Cecil Beaton, at the ‘White Ball’ held by Prince and Princess Rupert Loewenstein at their home in Holland Park, London. Prince Rupert was a Bavarian aristocrat and the financial manager of The Rolling Stones. Learn about the Duchess of Devonshire’s Tiaras.

Diamond Plaque Ring

Estimate: £ 4,000 – 6,000

From Lady Dorothea Margaret Wallis née Fowke (1883-1930)

Circa 1820, the navette-shaped plaque is set with cushion-shaped diamonds, between bifurcated shoulders, mounted in silver and gold, and belonged to Lady Dorothea Margaret Wallis née Fowke (1883-1930) Born in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), She married the British lawyer Sir John Edward Power Wallis (1861-1946), Advocate General of Madras (1900-1906) and Chief Justice of Madras High Court (1914-1921). The renowned Scottish engineer, Dr Robert Stevenson (1772-1851), was Dorothea’s maternal great-grandfather, famed for the design and construction of lighthouses, and the Scottish novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), was a cousin.

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