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Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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Natural pearl clasp, 18th century, and a cultured pearl and diamond necklace, a pair of cultured pearl earrings and an unmounted cultured pearl
The detachable clasp set with natural pearls measuring from approximately 6.95 to 7.65mm, 18th century, to six detachable rows of cultured pearls measuring from approximately 6.40 to 6.00mm, each row framed by single-cut diamonds, shortest length approximately 370mm, the pair of earrings, each set with a brilliant-cut diamond and a cultured blister pearl, hook fittings, maker's mark, and the undrilled baroque drop shaped cultured pearl weighing 35.02 carats, measuring approximately 21.10 x 17.05 x 15.10mm.
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Accompanied by SSEF report no. 102266, stating that the pearls on the clasp were found to be natural, saltwater.

Provenance

The clasp was formerly part of a six row pearl bracelet – one of a pair – which belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793).

 

Princess Marie Anne de Bourbon-Parme mentions in her inventory:

"Une grande parure de perles (...):

2. D’un collier de sept rangs de petites perles (…) Le collier a un fermoir, se composant de 5 grandes et 18 petites perles.

Ce collier formait autrefois deux bracelets (…). Chaque bracelet avait son fermoir (voir ci-dessous) qui sont restés tels quels.

(...) Cette parure provient tel quel (sic) de la Reine Marie Antoinette, et a été légué (sic) par Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d'Angoulême, Comtesse de Marne, à sa nièce et fille adoptive, Louise Marie Thérèse de France, Mademoiselle Duchesse de Parme". 

 

[A large pearl parure (...):

2. A seven row pearl necklace (…). The clasp set with 5 large and 18 small pearls.

This necklace was originally two bracelets (…). Each bracelet had its own clasp which remained intact.

(...) This parure comes as it is from Queen Marie Antoinette and was inherited by Marie Thérèse de France, Duchess d'Angoulême, Countesse de Marne, then to her niece and adoptive daughter, Louise Marie Thérèse de France, Mademoiselle Duchesse de Parme"].

Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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Geneva