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Falize Diamant Diadem Hochzeitsgeschenk der Queen Victoria |Königliche Schmuck | Sachsen Coburg Gotha Grossfürstin Marie-Alexandrovna

Hochzeit der Grossfürstin Marie-Alexandrovna, in ihrem Tagebuch hat Queen Victoria, nichts über ihre Hochzeitsgeschenke an die Prinzessin von Edinburgh aufgeschrieben weil sie selbst nicht dabei war.

Aus dem königlichen Archiv erfahren wir, daß Grossfürstin Marie Alexandrowna ein paar sehr schöne Geschenke von der Queen anlässlich ihrer Hochzeit bekommen hat.


Darunter war eine Kamee von der Queen aus Onyx von Luigi Saulini bekommen, den Orden von Victoria und Albert und andere Stücke von Garrards.
In den Erinnerungen von Prinzessin Marie zu Erbach Schönberg - die mit Marie Alexandrowna sehr eng befreundet war, steht:
Daß die Grossfürstin Marie-Alexandrovna, am Tag ihrer Ankunft in Windsor ein Geschenk von der Königin in ihrem Eisenbahnwagen fand, damit sie es tragen konnte, als sie aus dem Wagen ausstieg.

Es war Brauch, daß die königliche Braut eine weiße Kappe trug, am Tag ihrer Ankunft in London.

Das erste Geschenk der Queen, war deshalb eine weiss Kappe aus Tuelle, da die Queen wollte daß Grossfürstin Marie Alexandrowna diese Tüllebonnet trägt, als sie von der Stadt London empfangen wurde.

Es gibt eine Zeichnung von Falize mit dem Entwurf einer Diamant Tiara, einem Anhänger mit Emaille mit dem St George und dem Drachen , einer Bonboniere und einem Flacon, das für die Grossfürstin Marie, Frau von Prinz Alfred von Edinburg von der Queen beauftragt wurde.
Falize galt als Designer Superstar und die Queen wollte ihre Schwiegertochter mit dem neuesten Design überraschen.

Im Gegensatz zu den englischen königlichen Hochzeiten die mit viel Details und Beschreibungen der Juwelen,in der Presse berichteten, wurde zu Hochzeitsgeschenken der Zarentochter 1874, fast nichts erwähnt. Es ist möglich dass man keinen Neid schüren wollte, oder einfach überwältigt war von den Mengen an unvorstellbar kostbaren Juwelen - die jedes andere Geschenk in den Schatten stellte.

Es ist nicht bekannt, wo sich das Diadem jetzt befindet, vielleicht wurde es umgearbeitet.

 

 

Royal Falize Tiara of Marie Grand Duchess of Russia, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Duchess of Edinburgh and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha |Wedding Present of Queen Victoria

Royal Falize Tiara of Marie Grand Duchess of Russia, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Duchess of Edinburgh and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha |Wedding Present of Queen Victoria

Wedding gift of Queen Victoria to her daughter-in-law Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna Romanov of Russia 1853-1920 Duchess of Edinburgh.


In her diary Queen Victoria wrote nothing about her wedding gifts to the Grand Duchess. Typically, the Queen recorded her wedding gifts to her daughters and daughters-in-law and the reason for the omission is unknown.


However, turning to the Royal Archives we learn that Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna received some very nice gifts from the Queen on the occasion of her wedding. Among them was a cameo from the Queen in onyx by Luigi Saulini, the Order of Victoria and Albert and other pieces by Garrards.

In the memoirs of Princess Marie zu Erbach Schönberg, who was very close friends with Marie Alexandrovna , we read:
That the Grand Duchess Marie-Alexandrovna, on the day of her arrival in Windsor, found a gift from the Queen in her railway carriage so that she could carry it when she got out of it.

It was customary for the royal bride to wear a white cap on the day of her arrival in London. The Queen's first gift was therefore a white cap made from tulle, as the Queen wanted the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna to wear it when she was received by the City of London.


There is a engraving by Lucien Falize with the design of a diamond tiara, an enamelled pendant with the St George and the Dragon, a bonbonnière and a scent flacon, commissioned by the Queen for the Grand Duchess Marie, wife of Prince Alfred of Edinburgh.


The superstar of goldsmiths of the time, Falize found much inspiration in past eras, particularly the Renaissance as well as in Japanese art and culture.  In 1878 he participated in the Exposition Universelle in Paris where he was awarded one of only three Grand Prix (the others going to Boucheron and Massin) as well as the Legion d’Honneur. 


This large and prestigious fair brought the firm to the attention of a wider audience than ever before and it was shortly after this success that Lucien was approached by Germain Bapst with the idea of joining their firms together. In June 1880 the new partnership was formalised, a period of great success, the weight of Bapst’s royal history and long standing clientele marrying well with the current popularity of Falize’s work. 

In contrast to other English royal weddings which were reported in the press with many, many details and descriptions of the jewels, almost nothing was mentioned about the wedding gifts of the Tsar's daughter in 1874. It is possible that one did not want to stir up envy, or was simply overwhelmed by the quantities of unimaginably precious jewels which eclipsed any other gift.

It is not known where the Falize diamond tiara is now; perhaps it has been reworked.


On 18 January 1874, Queen Victoria, writing from Osborne House, recorded
the ‘Feldjäger’ (the Queen’s messenger) had arrived, bringing the long expected portrait of her [Maria], which is a gift from the Emperor. It is a lovely picture ½ length, and beautifully painted.

She is standing on a balcony in a light blue evening dress, with a fan in her hand.
It appears that dispatch of the portrait was delayed because miniatures from the image were being painted as official presents from the couple. Days later, the Queen praised the likeness as ‘beautiful & quite worthy of Winterhalter’, and on the day of her son Alfred’s wedding to the sitter in St Petersburg, the picture was ’surrounded by a wreath of evergreens & some orange flowers, tied with bows of the Russian colours’, in honour of the occasion.

Up until this point, the Queen had only seen photographs of her future daughter-in-law, and when she arrived at the English court soon after the wedding, views of her personality were sometimes less than complimentary. However, assimilation into the British Court was challenging for Marie, as it differed significantly from the Court of St Petersburg, and this resulted in tensions and perceived snubs.


The Grand Duchess was aged 20 at the time and later loathed sitting for her portrait, conscious of her looks and figure. When painted by Carl Rudolph Sohn (1845–1908) in 1884, she described the experience as a ‘great bore’, and an ‘aggravation of sorrow', a copy of which was given by the Queen to the Duke of Edinburgh for his birthday.

The painting is recorded hanging in the Oak Room, Windsor Castle, together with other portraits of Queen Victoria's daughters-in-law, in a photograph circa 1890.


Sources: Gewerbehalle 1888, pl 13, Falize; John van der Kiste "Romanovs 1818-1959"; Royal Collection; Katherine Purcell Falize: A Dynasty of Jewelers;

 

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