ATTRIBUTED TO CARLO GIULIANO (1831-1895), ENGLISH, LONDON, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY | MOURNING JEWEL WITH A PHOTOGRAPH OF PRINCESS ALICE OF ENGLAND (1843-1878)
Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO CARLO GIULIANO (1831-1895)
ENGLISH, LONDON, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
MOURNING JEWEL WITH A PHOTOGRAPH OF PRINCESS ALICE OF ENGLAND (1843-1878)
enamelled gold, set with a photograph (daguerrotype) and a rock crystal centre, with pearls
inscribed to the reverse: In remembrance of dear A[lice Princess of] England, Duchess of Hesse and monogrammed: VRI for 'Victoria Regina Imperatrix'
3.6cm., 1 7/16 in.
Overall the condition of the brooch is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The pin is probably replaced and obscures part of the inscription.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general
report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Estate of the late Victor Albert Francis Spencer, 3rd Viscount Churchill (1864-1934)
Alice was the third child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Mother of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Tsar Nicholas II. Her Great-Grandson is HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Carlo Giuliano is noted to have been patronised by Queen Victoria during this period. Victor Spencer, 1st Viscount Churchill, was page of honour to Queen Victoria between 1876-1881 during mourning period.