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Natural pearl and diamond devant-de-corsage, 1890s | 天然珍珠及鑽石胸針,1890年代

From a European Noble Family

Natural pearl and diamond devant-de-corsage, 1890s | 天然珍珠及鑽石胸針,1890年代

Natural pearl and diamond devant-de-corsage, 1890s | 天然珍珠及鑽石胸針,1890年代

From a European Noble Family


Natural pearl and diamond devant-de-corsage, 1890s


天然珍珠及鑽石胸針,1890年代


Composed of three openwork panels with lattice and scrollwork decoration, set throughout with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, each with a central natural pearl, connected by knife edge link swags set with circular-cut and cushion-shaped diamonds, width approximately 188mm, accompanied by three brooch fittings.


Accompanied by SSEF report no. 124319, stating that the three pearls were found to be natural, saltwater.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 124319, stating that the three button-shaped pearls weighing 5.52, 3.37 and 3.36 carats, measuring 9.98 - 10.03 x 7.79mm, 8.23 - 8.27 x 6.54mm and 8.08 - 8.42 x 6.92mm respectively, were found to be natural, saltwater.


Unsigned. Pearls of creamy white body colour with some minor rose and green overtones, minor surface blemishes such as light scratches, one with possibly internal crazing, good lustre. The diamonds are estimated to weigh a total of 10.00 - 11.00 carats and estimated to be I-L colour, VS2-SI2 clarity on average. Some tarnish to the metal. Overall in good condition. Total gross weight 61 grams. Accompanied by three brooches fittings for the panels and various other unassociated fittings, a small pearl and a chain. Fitted case stamped Guillot.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Please note that colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's. We do not guarantee, and are not responsible for any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the property. We do not guarantee that watches are in working order. 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 refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue, in particular to the Notice regarding the treatment and condition of gemstones.

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The Boreel family is a Dutch noble house descending from the 15th century Italian banker Rufino Borelli who was active in Ghent. Willem Boreel (1591-1668) was knighted by James I in 1645 as he played an instrumental role in mitigating the commercial differences between the English and Dutch East India Companies. He would go on to serve as the Dutch ambassador to France. For generations, members of the Boreel family held important public offices within the Dutch Republic.


Following the creation of the Dutch Kingdom in 1815, the Boreel family was elevated to the Dutch peerage. In the late 19th century when the devant-de-corsage was created, several women of the Boreel family held positions as ladies-in-waiting to Queen Emma and her daughter Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, testament to their respected status in society. The corsage ornament has been passed down through the family ever since.