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THE SILVER, GEM-SET AND ENAMEL PHOTOGRAPH FRAME, CIRCA 1900

Estimate
30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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Description

  • enamel, Zircon, spinel
The circular silver frame decorated with white enamel and circular-cut peridot, chrysoberyl, zircon and spinels of various tints, collet-set in gilt metal, containing a photograph of Queen Mary, engraved to reverse; George from May, May 6th 1935, diameter approximately 67mm, hinged stand to reverse.

Literature

Cf: Sotheby's, The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, Geneva, Friday 3rd April 1987, Lot 195.

Cf: Geoffrey .C. Munn, Tiaras a History of Splendour, London, 2001.

Catalogue Note

This frame was a present from Queen Mary to George V to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of George V on May 6th 1935. 

In the photograph Queen Mary is depicted wearing rows of pearls, a pearl and diamond collier de chien and the splendid pearl and diamond tiara known as The Cambridge Lovers' Knot tiara.  This tiara was made for Queen Mary by E.Wolff and Co. for Garrard in November 1913 and was originally surmounted by an additional row of pearls.  This jewel was created in honour of another owned by her grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge, daughter-in-law of King George III.

Queen Mary, better known by her family as 'May', was born on the 26th May 1867, and was christened Victoria Mary Augusta Louisa Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes of Teck. At the age of 24 she was engaged to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, heir to the British throne. Sadly shortly after the announcement he died of pneumonia.  A year later she was engaged to Prince Albert's brother Prince George whom she married on 6th July 1893.  On the death of his father Edward VII, George V ascended to the throne on 6th May 1910 and his coronation took place on 22nd June 1911 at Westminster Abbey.

King George V reached the Silver Jubilee of his reign in 1935, the main celebrations took place in May.  There was a Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral at which prayers were said for 'our Sovereign Lord, George', 'our gracious Queen Mary, Edward, Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family.'

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