Tsars Wedding gift bandeau to Queen Alexandrine, seen above in the picture
Friday afternoon, a historical treasure was up for auction at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen. Queen Alexandrine’s Russian sapphire tiara was sold for DKK 2 million.
„The Russian sapphire tiara is by far the most spectacular Russian objet d’art we have ever sold at Bruun Rasmussen. Here beauty and history come together at the highest level. I am overwhelmed by all the attention this piece of jewellery has garnered from our customers and the Danish and international press,“ says Martin Hans Borg, Bruun Rasmussen’s Head Specialist in Russian Art.
In 1898, Princess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was married to the Danish Crown Prince Christian in Cannes, and the couple were in 1912 proclaimed Queen Alexandrine and King Christian X of Denmark.
One of their wedding presents was the beautiful sapphire bandeau, later rebuild to an tiar. They were given the piece of jewellery by Tsar Nikolai II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia.
In 1933, the Danish royal couple passed on the piece of jewellery to their daughter-in-law Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde at her wedding to their youngest son Hereditary Prince Knud at the Fredensborg Palace Chapel.
After the Hereditary Princess‘ death in 1995, the tiara was given to her son Count Christian of Rosenborg and his family, where it has been until today.
It was the three daughters of Count Christian, Josephine, Camilla and Feodora of Rosenborg, who sold the tiara at the Russian auction.
Who bought the imperial diamond and sapphire tiara?
Probably an museum – or an collector, I had ask for by the auction house, the information will follow.
Als ich 2016 die ersten Bilder der Herzogin von Kent entdeckte und die erste Magazinseite entstand, wusste ich noch nicht, dass es sich um eine der wichtigen Schmuckstücke der Liste aus dem Verkauf der Romanov Juwelen von Zarinwitwe Maria Alexandrovna handelt.
1928, wurden sie nach einer Schätzung des Juweliers Hennell London von ihrer Tochter Grossfürstin Xenia, zum Verkauf angeboten. Es war eines der kostbaren Juwelenbroschen von Maria Feodorovna, der privaten Romanov Juwelen, keine Kronjuwelen. Ein weiters Schmuck-Rätsel ist gelöst.
When I discovered the first pictures of the Duchess of Kent in 2016 and the first magazine page was created, I did not yet know that this was one of the important jewels on the list from the sale of the Romanov jewels by Dowager Empress Maria Alexandrovna.
In 1928, according to an estimate by the jeweller Hennell London, they were offered for sale by their daughter Grand Duchess Xenia. It was one of the precious jewel brooches of Maria Feodorovna, the private Romanov jewels, not crown jewels. Another jewelry puzzle is solved.
the story and history of jewels and important jewellery:
The diamond tiara with hanging swags ,fringes and garlands with bows – as an kokoshnik with eleven spikes on top. The whereabout of the tiara is not known.
In 1947 Lillian Thomas Pratt bequeathed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts her remarkable collection of more than 400 Russian objects, including five Imperial Easter Eggs and approximately 170 additional works from the House of Fabergé.
The Grand Duke Michael of Russia gave his daughter away and Lord Burghersh was the best man, on the wedding of Prince George of Battenberg to Countess Nada Torby in 1916.
A service was held at the Russian Church and a further ceremony at the Chapel Royal St James Palace on 15th November.
The King and Queen as well as Royal and Imperial Guests attend and the bride is presented with over 200 gifts, and jewels
It was a pleasure for me to find out a little secret from the Imperial Rock Crystal Easter Egg – now in the Collection of the VMFA “The largest public collection outside of Russia”.
Visit the Collections at https://vmfa.museum/collections/art/imperial-rock-crystal-easter-egg/
and find out what was the secret Miniature from the life of Empress Alexandra’s Faberge Egg!
Thank you to Christel MCCanless she starts the tresure hunting on her blog: http://www.fabergeresearch.com