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April 12, 2016 9:11 am  #1


TBF-QM-57 Queen Mary’s Empress Marie Feodorovna Collar

57. Queen Mary’s Empress Marie Feodorovna Collar

   Queen Mary purchased this sapphire, diamond and pearl collar, through Hennell and Sons, following the death of the Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia in 1929.[1] Field describes it as a “four-row choker of 164 pearls…[with] twenty diamond-studded vertical bars, between every two pearls at the front and between every three pearls at the back”, with “an octagonal clasp…[with] a large sapphire surrounded by two rows of diamonds”; which can call be detached to form two bracelets.[2]

   The Empress was photographed wearing this collar on occasion,[3] as was Queen Mary.[4] In 1953, this piece was bequeathed to The Queen, who was photographed wearing it on several occasions;[5] in turn it has passed to Princess Anne, who continues to wear it.[6]

1. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 106
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.
4. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 77; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 106
5. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 76; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 106
6. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 107
 

 

August 19, 2016 10:45 pm  #2


Re: TBF-QM-57 Queen Mary’s Empress Marie Feodorovna Collar

57. Queen Mary's Empress Marie Feodorovna Collar

   This collar was amongst 76 items of jewellery consigned to Hennells, the Bond Street jewelers, by Grand Duchesses Xenia and Olga for sale.[1] The items were provisionally valued at £144,000 by Mr Hardy of Hennells.[2] "Subsequently he submitted a revised written valuation of £159,000. The amount of money finally raised by Hennells was £136,624. In retrospect, the jewelers did as well as could be expected, since the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 began just five months after the valuation had been made and led to a dramatic drop in the price of jewels, especially pearls."[3]

   Hennells's valuations show that Queen Mary bought four items from the Dowager Empress's collection. The collar, bought at the beginning of the sale "...was item No. 7, "a pearl and diamond collar with sapphire and diamond clasp,".[4] It "was valued at between £5,678 and £6,000; Queen Mary paid £6,000."[5]

1. William Clarke. "How the Dowager Empress's Jewels Survived a Revolution". Kejeserinde Dagmar Empress of Russia: An exhibition about the Danish princess who became Empress of Russia. (Copenhagen: Christiansborg Palace, 1997) p. 338
2. Ibid., p. 340
3. Ibid., pp. 340-342
4. Ibid., p. 342
5. Ibid.
 

 

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