Die Smaragd Juwelen der französischen Kaiserin Marie-Louise
Der Smaragd dieses
Ringes ist aus der Tiara der französischen Kaiserin Marie-Louise.
Juni 2004 bei Christies
wie folgt in englisch
The Emeralds of
Marie-Louise Empress of France
The emerald in this
ring originates from the historic tiara belonging to Empress Marie-Louise
(1791-1847), the second wife of Napoleon.
on auction at christies 2004:
AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Designed as a central cushion-cut emerald within graduated brilliant-cut
diamond two-tiered surround to the diamond triple-line shoulders and
plain hoop, 1954
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels
It was made by Elienne Nitot et Fils of Paris for their wedding in 1810.
Marie-Louise bequeathed the emerald parure to her Habsburg aunt Archduchess
Elise, and in 1953 one of her descendents sold the tiara to Van Cleef
& Arpels, who made numerous pieces of jewellery incorporating the
emeralds from the original tiara.
This lot is accompanied by a copy of the original receipt dated November
30, 1954 and the original Insurance Valuation from Van Cleef & Arpels
for the ring, dated December 2, 1954.
A small part of the crown jewels are on display in the Louvre. The vast bulk of them was auctioned by the French government (Third Republic)in 1887.
The jewels the the late Countess of Paris often wore belonged to the late Count of Paris and a few years before his dead he sold some to the Louve. (The so called "Saphire parure of Marie Antoinette").
The other saphire parure was auctioned by him after a hard dispute with his family. He left literally nothing from the enormous wealth he inherited from his ancestors!