Pair of seed pearl and diamond bracelets, circa 1850, and a natural pearl and diamond necklace
Each bracelet composed of a torsade of seed pearls, on a clasp designed as a snake head, set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, one tong embellished with a circular-cut ruby, length approximately 190mm, one small ruby deficient, and the necklace designed as a double strand of graduated natural pearls measuring from approximately 3.20 to 5.90mm, the clasp set with circular-cut and rose diamonds, shortest length approximately 400mm.
Accompanied by SSEF report no 102267, stating that the one hundred and ninety three pearls on the necklace were found to be natural, saltwater.
The pair of bracelets were formerly in the collection of Marie Anne de Savoie, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1803-1884). This provenance is mentioned in the inventory written by Marie Anne of Austria, Princess de Bourbon Parme, but also in the will of Empress Marie Anne in 1884, codicille XII: "à ma filleule Marie-Anne, deux bracelets de petites perles avec fermoir en brillants en forme de serpent" [to my goddaughter, Marie Anne, two seed pearl bracelet with snake motif diamond clasps].
"Deux bracelets à 4 rangs de petites perles, fermoirs en diamants, têtes de serpents. Legs de l'Impératrice Marie Anne".
[Two bracelet with 4 rows of small pearls, the diamond clasp of snake's head design. Legacy from Empress Marie Anne].
Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme.