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Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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Diamond tiara, Köchert, circa 1901
Of foliate scroll design, pavé- and collet-set with circular-cut diamonds, length of headband approximately 163mm, Austro-Hungarian assay marks and maker’s marks for Köchert, central cluster and side motifs detachable, fitted case stamped Köchert.

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Provenance

Given by Emperor François Joseph of Austria (1830-1916) to Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria (1882-1940) on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Elie de Bourbon-Parme (1880-1959) in 1903.

"Un écrin en cuir beige avec petit diadème ou bandeau en diamants, par Köchert. Ce diadème m'a été donné par l'empereur François Joseph comme cadeau de mariage".

[A beige leather case with a small diamond tiara or bandeau by Köchert. This tiara was given by Emperor François Joseph as a wedding gift]. 

Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme

Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme, wore this tiara as a choker on her wedding day, as seen on the photograph page 38.

Bibliographie

Irmgard v. Hauser Köchert, Köchert, Imperial Jewellers in Vienna. Jewellery Designs, 1810-1940, Florence, 1990, pg. 165 for the illustration of the drawing of the tiara dated 1901 where it is mentioned that it was made for Emperor François Joseph of Austria (1830-1916).

Description

Marie-Anne was gifted this delicate tiara by Emperor François Joseph (1830-1916). It was made by the Austrian court jeweller Köchert, from whom the Emperor purchased many jewels. Köchert, which was founded in 1841, exists to this day.

Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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