Silver-Topped Gold, Ruby and Diamond Tiara [黃金鍍銀鑲紅寶石配鑽石皇冠]
Property from the Collection of Marylou Whitney [瑪麗露・惠特尼瑰藏]
Property from the Collection of Marylou Whitney
Silver-Topped Gold, Ruby and Diamond Tiara
Of garland design, featuring floral and foliate motifs pavé-set with old mine, old European, pear, single and rose-cut diamonds, accented with cushion-cut and round rubies; mid-19th century. With fitted case.
In good condition given the age of this piece, with numerous areas of solder to the mounting and areas of repair and discoloration to the silver topped gold. Some of the flower heads revolve partially in their mounting and a few springs are slightly loose. The diamonds stated to weigh a total of approximately 221.50 carats, the diamonds range from approximately G-M color and VS-I clarity. The rubies stated to weigh a total of approximately 4.00 carats are medium strongly purplish red, slightly included, with some abrasions to facet edges visible under 10x magnification. End-to-end length of frame 15½ inches. Gross weight approximately 128 dwts. Please note that due to the delicate nature of this piece, it needs to be handled with care. Please note that a petal is missing from one of the floral motifs to the side of the tiara and will not be replaced for the purchaser following the auction as previously stated.
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Purchased from Harry Winston in 1952 and stated to be from the Collection of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
A handwritten note on Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney's stationery recounts the provenance provided to her by Harry Winston: "This fragile and beautiful Austrian tiara dates back to the days of Franz-Joseph and was one of the most superb ornaments there was to behold in the Viennese Court. The design and motif features sprays of sparkling wild roses and frozen dew drops, fashioned in silver and gold and completely encrusted in diamonds and rubies."
Illustrated as the 'Austrian Diadem' modeled by Allyn McLerie in The Court of Jewels: The Harry Winston Collection of the World's Greatest Jewels.
For a similar diamond and ruby necklace/diadem, see Jewellery 1789-1910, vol. 1, by Shirley Bury, page 408.