Diamond tiara, circa 1900
100,000 - 150,000 CHF
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The central fleur-de-lys motif set en tremblant to a tiara composed of foliate and lanceolated motifs, set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, inner circumference approximately 170mm, accompanied by a detachable tiara frame, inner circumference approximately 340mm.
This tiara was originally part of the wedding present from Queen Isabella II of Spain to her daughter Infanta María de la Paz, Princess of Bourbon (b.1862-1946), who married Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria (b.1859-1949), in 1883 at the Palacio Real, Madrid.
The fleur-de-lys motif is most notably recognized in the coat of arms of the Royal House of Bourbon, 16th century rulers of Navarre and France. By the 18th century, members of the Bourbon dynasty also held thrones in Spain, Sicily, Naples and Parma. Today, Spain and Luxembourg currently have Bourbon monarchs. Infanta María de la Paz, Princess de Bourbon is wearing a fleur-de-lys brooch in this photograph on the occasion of her engagement to Prince Ludwig Ferdinand.