Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet | Royal Jewel History

Queen Victoria's Sapphire and Diamond Coronet

Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet

Export bar to save Queen Victoria’s Coronet

Culture Minister steps in to prevent Queen Victoria’s coronet from export

Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to keep it in the country.

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT).

The coronet is considered one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign. It was designed by Prince Albert for her in their wedding year 1840. As a young queen, she loved coloured gemstones, an interest which notably faded following Prince Albert’s death in 1861.

The coronet matched the sapphire and diamond brooch that Albert gave to her the day before their wedding. She even noted in her journal “My dear Albert has such good taste and arranges everything for me about my jewellery.” Most of the stones came from jewellery given to Victoria by King William IV and Queen Adelaide. The goldsmith behind the coronet was Joseph Kitching, who made it for £415.

Following Albert’s death in 1861, Queen Victoria refused to attend the State Opening of Parliament until 1866 when she wore the coronet, likely as a reminder of her husband, instead of her coronation crown, which she noted had hurt her a great deal during her coronation.

The coronet and the brooch also feature in one of the most famous official portraits of the young Queen Victoria. In 1842, Franz Xaver Winterhalter painted his first portrait of the Queen, in which she wears the coronet wrapped around her hair. This painting became one of the defining images of the Queen not only in Europe and the Empire, but throughout the world

Culture Minister Matt Hancock said:

Queen Victoria’s coronet is stunning. It is one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period in our history and symbolises one of our nation’s most famous love stories. I hope that we are able to keep the coronet in the UK and on display for the public to enjoy for years to come.

The coronet was given by King George V and Queen Mary to Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood on her marriage to Viscount Lascelles in 1922.
As personal property of the Lascelles family it  passed on to her son and heir, the 7th Earl of Harewood (George Lascelles) and eventually the 8th Earl. It was sold 2011-2012 to an dealer, mostly likely to raise money to pay for inheritance tax , who sold it to the export licence applicant. The Coronet in video

The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by The Arts Council.

The RCEWA made its recommendation on the grounds of the coronet’s close connection with our history and national life and its outstanding significance for the study of the young Queen Victoria.

RCEWA member Philippa Glanville said:

Key to the self-image of the young Victoria, this exquisite coronet was designed by her husband Prince Albert. Worn in her popular state portrait by Winterhalter of 1842, the year it was made, its combination of personal meaning and formality explains why she chose to wear it in 1866, emerging from mourning for the State Opening of Parliament. It evokes vividly the shared romantic taste of the time, and its form has become familiar through many reproductions. Its departure would be a great loss, given its beauty, its associations and its history.

The decision on the export licence application for the coronet will be deferred until 27 December 2016. This may be extended until 27 June 2017 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made at the recommended price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT).

Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the coronet should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.


This jewel tells a very special story

– history of the Sapphire and Diamond Coronet in details from the Royal Magazin:

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FABERGÉ – The tsar’s jeweller and the connections to the Danish royal family | Exhibition

At the royal castle Koldinghus, on Thursday, 12 May,  Denmark opens a special exhibition.

This is the first time, the Fabergé objects belonging to the Danish royal family have been on display side by side in a single exhibition.

World-renowned jeweller’s art from the Danish royal family’s private homes on display at the royal castle Koldinghus.

 'FABERGÉ - Juwelier der Zaren und die Verbindungen zur dänischen Königsfamilie

‚FABERGÉ – Juwelier der Zaren und die Verbindungen zur dänischen Königsfamilie
’FABERGÉ – The tsar’s jeweller and the connections to the Danish royal family

Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was court jeweller to the Russian tsar and best known for the extravagant, diamond-encrusted Easter eggs he created for the tsar and his family from 1885 until the Russian revolution in 1917.
Fabergé’s first imperial egg was inspired by an older gold egg, a gift from the Russian tsar to his Danish-born wife, Empress Dagmar.

The exhibition at Koldinghus presents 100 items borrowed from members of the Danish royal family, who have inherited numerous Fabergé objects via their family ties to the Russian tsar. The exhibits include bejewelled eggs, letter openers and large champagne coolers but none of the imperial eggs. The exhibits have only rarely been put on public display, because they are in private ownership and are still used by the members of the Danish royal family.

One section of the exhibition are focuses on Fabergé’s jeweller’s art, featuring utilitarian objects and works of art, including little boxes, cigarette cases and pen trays decorated with precious and semi-precious gemstones and gold-mounted rubies and diamonds.

The second section presents large official works by Fabergé presented to members of the Danish royal family in connection with coronations, anniversaries or royal weddings. This includes a large gilt champagne cooler, a gold wedding anniversary for King Christian IX and Queen Louise in 1892, that was also in use a hundred years later at the silver wedding anniversary of Denmark’s current royal couple.

The third section focuses on close relations and private gifts, such as jewellery and picture frames. With a family photo, the frames made a highly personal gift for storing shared memories.

An introductory film and an animated genealogical table tells the story of the close personal ties between the two families, and visitors can mount their own portrait or a family photo in a Fabergé frame.

‚The exhibition is opened on Thursday, 12 May at 15:00 by H.R.H. Princess Benedikte with the attendance of H.H. Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg von Solodkoff and Mr. Alexander von Solodkoff, Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie and H.H. Princess Elisabeth.

The exhibits are kindly lent to the exhibition by H.M. Queen Margrethe II, H.R.H. Prince Henrik, H.R.H. Princess Benedikte,  H.M. Queen Anne-Marie, H.H. Princess Elisabeth, Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg, Det Kongelige Løsørefideikommis, Den Kongelige Livgardes Officerskorps Fond, The Royal Danish Collection Amalienborg and Cartier Collection in Paris.

A catalogue with dual Danish and English text will be published in connection with the exhibition.

from 13 May – 25 September 2016

The Danish Royal Jewel Expert Bjarne Steen Jensen will held an lecture on 17th May!


‚FABERGÉ – Juwelier der Zaren und die Verbindungen zur dänischen Königsfamilie

Am Donnerstag, den 12. Mai 2016 öffnet in Dänemark’s Königsburg Koldinghus eine Fabergé Sonderausstellung. Die Fabergé-Objekte der dänische Königsfamilie sind zum ersten Mal in einer Einzelaustellung zu sehen.

Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) war Hofjuwelier der russischen Zaren und am besten bekannt für die extravaganten, mit Diamanten besetzte Ostereier die er für den Zaren und seine Familie von 1885 bis zu der russischen Revolution im Jahre 1917 geschaffen hat.
Fabergés erste kaiserliches Ei wurde von einem älteren Gold-Ei inspiriert, ein Geschenk des russischen Zaren an seine in Dänemark geborene Frau, Kaiserin Dagmar.

Die Ausstellung im Koldinghus präsentiert 100 Objekte, alle von Mitgliedern der dänischen Königsfamilie ausgeliehen, die, die zahlreichen Fabergé-Objekte über ihre Familienbande zum russischen Zaren geerbt haben.
Zu den Exponaten gehören mit Juwelen besetzte Eier, Brieföffner und großen Champagnerkühler, aber keines der Kaiserlichen Eier.
Weil sich die Exponate hauptsächlich im Privatbesitz befinden, werden sie immer noch von den Mitgliedern der dänischen Königsfamilie verwendet und deshalb selten verliehen und ausgestellt.

Aus der Fabergé Werkstatt, kamen vielerlei Arten von Objekte, neben den berühmten Ostereier.

Fabergés Zeitgeschmack und seinem Sinn fürs Detail, seinen Ideenreichtum und seine genialen Kreativität, war er in der Lage, königliche und kaiserliche Wohnzimmer in prächtige Schatztruhen zu verwandeln.
Feuerzeuge der Natur nachempfunden, Ornamente wie  winzige Hirschhufe und Bänder aus Diamanten und Rubinen, während Bilderrahmen für Familienfotos mit Silber und Gold mit Laub und bunten Emailwerk geschmückt waren.
Die Ausstellung gliedert sich in drei Abschnitte. Man konzentriert sich auf Fabergé Juwelierkunst, aus Gebrauchsgegenstände und Kunstwerke, darunter kleine Schachteln, Zigarettenetuis und Federschalen verziert mit Edelsteinen und Halbedelsteinen und Gold gefassten Rubinen und Diamanten.

Der zweite Teil stellt große offizielle Werke von Fabergé an die Mitglieder der dänischen Königsfamilie – im Zusammenhang präsentiert mit Krönungen, Jubiläen oder königliche Hochzeiten. Dazu gehören ein großer vergoldeter Champagner-Kühler, eine  Geschenk zum Goldenen Hochzeitstag von König Christian IX und Königin Luise im Jahre 1892, der auch hundert Jahre später bei der Silberhochzeit von Dänemarks aktuellen Königspaar in Gebrauch war.

Der dritte Abschnitt konzentriert sich auf enge Beziehungen und private Geschenke, wie Schmuck und Bilderrahmen.
Ein Einführungsfilm und eine animierte Ahnentafel erzählt die Geschichte der engen persönlichen Beziehungen zwischen den beiden Familien, und die Besucher können ihre eigenen Porträt oder eine Familie Foto in einem Fabergé Rahmen montieren.

Die Ausstellung wird am Donnerstag  den 12. Mai 2016 um 15:00 Uhr von H.R.H. Prinzessin Benedikte eröffnet, in  Anwesenheit von H. H. Herzogin Donata von Mecklenburg von Solodkoff und Herr Alexander von Solodkoff, Graf Ingolf und Gräfin Sussie und H.H. Prinzessin Elisabeth.

Die Exponate  zur Ausstellung wurden von Königin Margrethe II, H.R.H. Prinz Henrik, H.R.H. Prinzessin Benedikte, H. M. Queen Anne-Marie, H.H. Prinzessin Elisabeth Graf Ingolf und Gräfin Sussie von Rosenborg, Det Kongelige Løsørefideikommis, Den Kongelige Livgardes Officerskorps Fond, The Royal Danish Sammlung Amalien und Cartier-Sammlung in Paris, ausgeliehen.

Ein Katalog mit dänischen und englischen Text wird in Zusammenhang mit der Ausstellung veröffentlicht. Dauer der Ausstellung 13. Mai – 25. September 2016  www.koldinghus.dk/