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Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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Important pair of natural pearl and diamond pendent earrings, late 18th century
Each surmount set with a button shaped natural pearl measuring approximately 12.65 x 12.95 x 15.60mm and 12.95 x 13.10 x 16.00mm respectively, the reverse set with rose diamonds, supporting a detachable pendant set with an oval natural pearl measuring approximately 10.25 x 10.50 x 8.55mm and 10.15 x 10.20 x 7.70mm respectively, capped with rose diamonds, and a pinched collet-set cushion-shaped diamond, early 19th century, hook and hinged back fittings.
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Accompanied by SSEF report no. 93538, stating that the pearls were found to be natural, saltwater.

Provenance

Formerly in the collection of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793).

The inventory written by Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme, mentions: 

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

4. Deux boucles d'oreilles, boutons et poires en perles

(...) 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 (...):

4. Two earrings set with button and drop shaped pearls.

(...) 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"].

Catalogue Note

 

Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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