Above in the picture, Mrs Margaret Thompson Biddle, an american heiress and wife of the Ambassador Anthony Drexel Biddle Jr.
Mrs. Biddle’s diamond ‘Palm Tree’ brooch mounted by Cartier, it features a round diamond of 13.30 carats that was a part of Mrs. Biddle’s jewelry collection and previously featured pear-shaped diamond drops that have since been removed.
The ‘Palm Tree’ collection was thought to be designed in celebration of the opening of the Cartier boutiques in Monte Carlo and Cannes, first appearing in the 1930s. Mrs. Biddle’s spectacular brooch was commissioned from Cartier in the late 1940s and embodies her keen eye for design and elegant sophistication.
AN ELEGANT DIAMOND 'PALM-TREE' BROOCH MOUNTED BY CARTIER
Circular brilliant-cut diamond of 13.30 carats, marquise, baguette, round and single-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k white gold (French mark), circa 1948, signed Monture Cartier, maker's mark, numbered, red Cartier case
GIA, 2022, report no. 1102840610: 13.30 carats, H color, VS2 clarity
Size/Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.5 cm (4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in)
Gross Weight: 79.6 grams
In the year 1931 her second marriage was in London:
MILLIONAIRE TO MARRY MILLIONAIRESS LONDON ROMANCE Two wealthy young Jirnerioans are to be married in London. The bridegroom is Mr. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Junior, member of a prominent Philadelphia banking family. In the notice of the marriage he Is described ab 34 years of age, and a manufacturer. His address is given as the Dorchester House Hotel. He is to marry Mrs. Margaret Schulze, also aged 34, daughter or the late William Boyce Thompson, the American magnate, who died a year ago, leaving £17,000,000. Her address is given as the Ritz Hotel. Both have been married previously.
The former Mrs. Biddle - was Miss Mary L. Duke daughter of the late Benjamin S. Duke, and heiress of her father's tobacco fortune of £40,000,000. Mrs. Schulze was formerly the wife of Mr. Theodore Schulze. The wedding wd be Daylicence at a register lnce.
Source: Christie's Magnificent Jewels | 6 December 2023 ; L’Intransigeant, ;;;Archive Ursula Butschal;
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