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April 12, 2016 10:31 am  #1


TBF-QM-49 Queen Mary’s Sautoir

49. Queen Mary's Sautoir

   Queen Mary often wore a long diamond sautoir of small diamond collets, in the early days of her marriage and reign.[1] And in 1921 Queen Mary purchased “a very fine” 37 stone diamond rivière, from the estate of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia.[2]

   In 1928 the decision was taken to alter these two necklaces to create one large sautoir and, although no bill has come to light concerning this work, Roberts attributes the work to A. Sintzenich.[3]

   Roberts describes this new necklace as consisting of “37 graduated cushion-cut brilliants in rub-over and pierced collet settings, each separated by three small brilliants, similarly set. The sautoir unfastens to form two necklaces, one of 19 and one of ten large brilliants, and two bracelets, each of four large stones”.[4]

   Queen Mary can be seen wearing this necklace in various official photographic sittings,[5] in Oswald Birley’s 1934 portrait,[6] and also in Simon Elwes’s 1934 portrait.[7] In turn, Queen Mary bequeathed this necklace to The Queen in 1953, although she has never worn it publicly.[8]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 31 (RCIN 2306196)
2. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 202; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 119; RA QM/PRIV/CC94, pl. 49, no. 6
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 202
4. Ibid.
5. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 81; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 205
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 208 (RCIN 407413)
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 203 (RCIN 403407)
8. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 202; RA JEWEL/GARRAD/QM, fol. 120; RA QM/PRIV/CC94, pl. 61
 

 

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