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9008

Rock Crystal, Ruby and Diamond Bangle, Late 19th Century | 白水晶 配 紅寶石 及 鑽石 手鐲, 19世紀末

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 HKD

Property of an Asian Collector

Rock Crystal, Ruby and Diamond Bangle, Late 19th Century | 白水晶 配 紅寶石 及 鑽石 手鐲, 19世紀末

Rock Crystal, Ruby and Diamond Bangle, Late 19th Century | 白水晶 配 紅寶石 及 鑽石 手鐲, 19世紀末

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 HKD

Lot sold:

126,000

HKD

Property of an Asian Collector

Rock Crystal, Ruby and Diamond Bangle

Late 19th Century

白水晶 配 紅寶石 及 鑽石 手鐲, 19世紀末


Centring a crowned diamond-set monogram, likely the cipher of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, flanked by eagles on each side, embellished with rose-cut diamonds and circular-cut, oval and cushion-shaped rubies, inner circumference approximately 160mm, safety chain.

Diamonds are bright and lively. Rubies are on average medium purplish red of strong saturation, with typical natural inclusions, few surface reaching, with abrasions and nicks as examined under 10x magnification, not noticeable when worn. Rock crystal is overall in good condition, with minor scratches and abrasions consistent with use. Signs of wear to metal commensurate with age. Overall in very good condition.


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. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption. Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was the Empress of Austria and the Queen of Hungary, married to Emperor Franz Joseph I. She was the longest reigning empress of Austria at 44 years, and Franz Joseph was one of the longest reigning monarchs in modern history at 68 years. Originally Princess Sophie of Bavaria, the mother of Franz Joseph, intended her son to marry her sister Ludovika’s eldest daughter Helene. However, during the meeting of two families Franz Joseph fell in love with Elisabeth instead, the younger sister of Helene, and insisted that he would never get married if not for her. He was granted his wish and the couple married in Austria in 1854. Elisabeth, nicknamed Sisi, was famed for her beauty throughout her life and was well known for having a rigorous routine to maintain her slim silhouette. As she grew older, she did not allow for further portraits or photographs of herself to maintain the image of her youth in eternal beauty.

奧地利伊麗莎白女皇,即奧地利皇后兼匈牙利王后,是奧地利皇帝弗朗茨・約瑟夫一世之妻。伊麗莎白在位44年,是奧地利在位時間最長的皇后,其夫君奧地利皇弗朗茨・約瑟夫在位68年,是近代歷史上在位時間最長的君主。弗朗茨・約瑟夫之母,原為巴伐利亞的蘇菲公主,她原本屬意愛兒迎娶其妹妹盧多維卡公主的長女海倫妮。不過,雙方家庭會面時,約瑟夫卻愛上了海倫妮的妹妹伊麗莎白,堅持非她不娶。最後,約瑟夫得償所願,二人於1854年在奧地利完婚。伊麗莎白的綽號為茜茜公主,以其絕世美貌、為了維持纖盈身材所堅持的嚴謹生活戒律而廣為人知。年齡漸長後,伊麗莎白拒絕為自己留下任何畫像或照片,讓昔日的青春美貌長存世間。