The Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling | 27 May 2022

Christie’s is auctioning the Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling, the pictures, furniture, porcelain and objets d’art, both inherited and collected by David and Ninette Montagu which  graced their striking modern London residence and late 19th-century house at Newmarket. Among the sale are 43 lots of spectacular antique and modern jewellery, which we are featuring today!

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Sotheby’s Treasures | 7 December 2021

Continuing our series of features on the major European Auction Houses’ annual autumn Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, here are the Royal and Noble Highlights from the Sotheby’s Treasures Sale in Geneva. The Three Lots are said to possibly originate from Empress Joséphine of France (who may have been given them from her sister-in-law, Queen Caroline of Naples, and were acquired by Lord Lascelles, “ Beau Lascelles” likely from the Empress left to his grand-niece Catherine, Mrs Granville Edwin Lloyd-Baker, thence by family descent to the present owner. Continue reading

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels | 9 November 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 Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva tomorrow, which includes Jewels from Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Pauline Bonaparte, Empress Marie-Louise and the Duchess of Windsor!

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Queen Marie Antoinette’s Diamond Bracelets

Today marks the 170th Anniversary of the death of Princess Marie Thérèse of France, Duchess of Angoulêmewho died on this day in 1851! Madame Royale was the eldest daughter of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette and the only one who survived the revolution and reached adulthood. In 1799, she married her first cousin, Louis Antoine, Duke de Angoulême and the couple served as King and Queen of France for approximately 20 minutes in 1830. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring Queen Marie Antoinette’s Diamond Bracelets, that will be auctioned at Christie’s next month. Continue reading