From the Collection of Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess of Austria-Tuscany (1844–1899)
a superb natural pearl and diamond necklace, attributed to Köchert
late 19th century
Composed of five slightly graduated rows of oval, button- and barrel-shaped natural pearls measuring approximately from 8.20 to 5.35mm, the clasp of foliate design collet-set with a cushion-shaped diamond, enhanced with cushion-shaped and rose diamonds, shortest length approximately 350mm, each row detachable, fitted case stamped Köchert.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 131298, stating that two hundred and seventy-two pearls were found to be natural, saltwater.
This necklace belonged to Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess of Austria-Tuscany 1844-1899 >> pictured with the famous pearl necklace . It was inherited by her daughter Archduchess Maria Immaculata of Austria-Tuscany, Duchess of Württemberg (1878-1968), see above.
It will be offered at Sotheby's for est. 140,000 - 220,000 CHF in Nov. 2023 at Geneva Accompanied by a typed note from the inventory of Archduchess Maria
Immaculata of Austria-Tuscany (1878-1968) attesting to the provenance.
by SSEF report no. 131298, stating that two hundred and seventy-two
roundish to oval, button- and barrel-shaped pearls, measuring 5.85 -
6.55 - 7.90 - 6.65 - 6.30mm, 6.30 - 6.50 - 8.20 - 6.65 - 5.55, 6.60 -
6.60 - 8.10 - 6.70 - 6.30mm, 5.50 - 6.65 - 8.15 - 6.65 - 5.40mm and 5.35
- 6.90 - 8.05 - 6.70 - 5.90mm respectively, were found to be natural,
Pearls of slightly cream to cream body
colour with green and rosé overtones, minute to moderate pitting, a few
examples with significant pitting, blemishes and uneven surfaces, minor
peeling of the skins and crazing, minor discolouration to some pearls,
good to high luster. Cushion-shaped diamond estimated to weigh
approximately 5.50 - 6.20 carats, L-M colour, SI2-I1 clarity as gauged
and graded in the mount.
Remaining diamonds weighing a total of
approximately 3.50 - 4.20 carats, on average I-K, some M colour, SI-I
clarity as gauged and graded in the mount. Tarnish and discolouration to
the metal consistent with age and wear. In good condition overall. Each
strand detachable. Strands measuring approximately 330mm, 350mm, 380mm,
410mm and 470mm respectively. Gross weight approximately 127 grams.
Accompanied by a fitted case stamped A.E.KOCHERT NEUER MARKT 15 WIEN
Sources:Sotheby's Genf -Vienna 1900: An Imperial and Royal Collection
Following the fall of the French monarchy, Vienna experienced an unprecedented ascent as the preeminent Royal and Imperial court in all of Europe, attracting royal families from across the continent. This remarkable epoch in Western court life found its zenith in Vienna, where opulence and grandeur knew no bounds.
The extraordinary Royal and Imperial jewelry collection bears witness to this bygone era's majesty and serves as its most resplendent ambassador. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire historic pieces of unrivaled significance.
This collection provides a captivating glimpse into the grandeur of Viennese court life and offers a fascinating insight into the alliances, tastes, and styles of the Habsburg, Bourbon Parma, Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dynasties as they set the fashion trends that radiated across Europe from the early 19th century throughout the subsequent century.
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