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Friday, 1 July 2011

London Masterpiece II: Marie Antoinette's PEARLS


These were Marie Antoinette's pearls given as a gift to Lady Sutherland, wife of the English Ambassador in Paris at the time she was taken to prison. This is proper Provenance!.  The pearls were mounted  later as the necklace above, in 1849 on the occasion of a family wedding. The piece is offered by Wartski at London Masterpiece, it is not signed but the design is stunning, a row of calibre cut rubies with a twisted golden rope from which the pearls hang forming a beautiful star.