Diamond loop tiara, worn by Princess Anastasia of Greece, made for her
by Cartier in 1913 when she was Mrs. Leeds. The pear-shaped diamonds in
this magnificent jewels weighed 70,16 ct, the pendant pearls 221 gr. ,
she wore it together with a valuable string of pearls and bracelets. This
tiara is similar to the loop tiara of Grand Duchess Vladimir, now in the
possession of Queen Elisabeth II.
in London during the Princesss long engagement to Prince Christopher
while she was still known by her late husbands name, Mrs Leeds,
the artist used his fluid lines and sensual touch to reveal the sitters
personality. Boldini was able to coax an intimate connection between
his model and her audience, whatever her status, that gave his portraits
a memorable immediacy and true modernity.
world over for his fabulously sensual and dynamic portraits of the beautiful
and wealthy women of the beau monde, Giovanni Boldini imbued his 1917
portrayal of Princess Anastasia of Greece with all the passionate energy,
fluid brushstrokes and flatteringly elongated forms that had established
him alongside John Singer Sargent as the most successful international
portrait painter of his day. This Picture is offered on auction on 15
th November 2006 by Sothebys.
MEASUREMENTS 221 by 119.5cm LIAN, 1842-1931 400,000600,000
May Stewart, also known as Nancy Stewart, the future Princess Anastasia
of Greece was the daughter of William Charles Stewart and Mary Holden
Stewart of Cleveland, Ohio. Twice married, before, Anastasia's engagement
in 1914 to Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark, brother of Constantine
I of Greece, created legal complications that delayed their marriage
by six years. Her first marriage to George H. Worthington lasted barely
four years before she was married to her second husband William Bateman
Leeds, a tin millionaire.
his death in 1908, Anastasia (Anastasia was the name she acquired when
she became a Greek princess in her own right) inherited his sizeable
fortune which in turn she used to help the Greek Royal Family during
their exile in the 1920s.
On marrying her third husband on 1 January 1920 in Vevey, Switzerland,
Anastasia became daughter-in-law to George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinova
Romanov, Queen of Greece and Grand Duchess of Russia, thus re-affirming
her status as one of the most wealthy and powerful women of her day.
While no children were borne from her third and final marriage, Princess
Anastasia and Prince Christopher had a son from her previous marriage,
William Bateman Leeds Jr, who was married a year after his mother to
Kseniya Georgiievna Romanov, Princess of Russia.
of cancer not long after the wedding (less than three years later, in
1923) and her money and possessions were divided between her son and
her husband. Later Christopher married Francoise of Orleans and had
a son, Prince Michael of Greece. They are members of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
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