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April 12, 2016 11:16 am  #1


TBF-QM-40 The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

40. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
   
   This tiara, consisting of “intersecting brilliant set circles…hung with 15 large claw-set pendant pearls”,[1] was made for the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia around 1874, and is attributed to the St. Petersburg jeweller Bolin.[2] Following the Russian Revolution and the death of the Grand Duchess, this tiara was inherited by her daughter Princess Nicholas of Greece (mother of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent), who, in turn, sold it to Queen Mary in 1921.[3]

   When Queen Mary bought the tiara, it was recorded as having four of the pearls missing, and several of the diamonds loose; thus Queen Mary charged Garrard with “repairing, restoring and renovating it ‘as far as possible’”, for which they charged “£26 15s”.[4] Queen Mary can be seen wearing this tiara, hung with pearls, in numerous photographic sittings,[5] to the State Opening of Parliament in 1924,[6] and a portrait by Simon Elwes in 1934.[7]

   In 1924, Queen Mary had the tiara altered so that 15 of the Cambridge emeralds could be worn as drops in this tiara in place of the pendant pearls, when they weren’t being worn with ‘The Delhi Durbar Tiara’ or ‘Queen Mary’s Emerald Bandeau’,[8] for which Garrard charged “£28 10s”.[9] Queen Mary was photographed wearing the tiara with the emerald pendants in 1937.[10]

   This tiara was bequeathed to The Queen, upon the death of Queen Mary in 1953, with both the emeralds and the pearls, earning it the name of ‘the convertible tiara’ within the family.[11] This tiara has undergone various repairs and adjustments since it was inherited in 1953; thus, in 1988 the decision was taken for it to be remade in the same style.[12] The Queen now wears it often both with the pendant pearls;[13] with the Cambridge emeralds;[14] and on occasion without any pendants, leaving the circles empty.[15]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196
2. Stefano Papi, Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court, (London: Thames  Hudson, 2010), p. 94
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 111, 8 February 1922
5. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 68; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 99; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, pp. 109, 116 and 128
6. Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, pl. 28; Munn, Tiaras, pl. 116
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 203 (RCIN 403407)
8. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196
9. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 115, 15 April 1924
10. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 66; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 91; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 199 (RCIN 2808233)
11. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 131; RA QM/PRIV/CC94, pl. 50, no. 2
12. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 196
13. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 69; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, pp. 79 and 156; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, pp. 117 – 119; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 199
14. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 91; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 177 (RCIN 2508454)
15. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 142
 

 

June 6, 2016 4:40 pm  #2


Re: TBF-QM-40 The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

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