Sotheby’s is about to supply two tiaras in London which can be thought to have belonged to Joséphine de Beauharnais, the spouse of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and Empress of France.
The 2 tiaras, every a part of a set of matching jewelry, are set with gem stones engraved with classical heads, a number of of that are “presumably historical”.
Sotheby’s mentioned the gem stones had been believed to “endow the wearer with their numerous depicted qualities akin to heroism, faithfulness and love” and that these “uncommon tiaras are examples of the very best early Nineteenth-century French craftsmanship”.
Each tiaras are coming to public sale from a UK non-public assortment the place they’ve reportedly remained for not less than 50 years, and each parures are “nonetheless contained of their authentic Parisian leather-based bins”.
They are going to be supplied with estimates of £200,000-£300,000 and £100,000-£200,000 respectively in Sotheby’s London Treasures sale on 7 December 2021.
The parures shall be exhibited from 2-9 November at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, alongside highlights from Sotheby’s gross sales of Magnificent Jewels.
As well as, the sale consists of further items that are additionally thought to have belonged to Joséphine de Beauharnais.
This consists of six hardstone cameos and one giant intaglio, with 4 small carnelian intaglios, hooked up to a later related necklace from Italy within the late 18th/early Nineteenth century, and a French or Italian fillet or collar set with 9 cameos and 10 small intaglios with animals from the Nineteenth century at an estimated £30,000-£50,000.
The sale additionally consists of an Italian cameo with a warrior and defend with a chimera, agate, Italian, circa 1780-1800, inside a French partially enameled mount, circa 1808 at as estimated £20,000-£30,000.
Kristian Spofforth, head of Sotheby’s Jewels division in London, mentioned: “These majestic jewels mounted with cameos and intaglios definitely evoke the type of the grand Empress Joséphine – her rank as spouse of Napoleon Bonaparte, her impeccable style and her curiosity within the classical world.
“Empress Joséphine was way more than only a collector of antiquities. By being the primary to include these cameos and intaglios into her costume, carrying them aspect by aspect with pearls and diamonds, she created a complete new trend that swept Paris and the world, primarily based on neo-classical varieties.”
He added: “The jewels supplied right here reveal the best delicate work by the best French workshops, and, at this time, there are hardly any comparable items on this planet. When fashions modified, jewelry was damaged up and re-modelled, making their survival a really distinctive one.”