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April 2, 2016 2:40 pm  #1

TBF-QA-3 Queen Alexandra's Collier Résille

3.  Queen Alexandra's Collier Résille

   It is revealed that this was made by Cartier for Queen Alexandra in 1904 and was altered for Queen Mary in 1926. It is thus likely that it passed to Queen Mary upon Alexandra's death.

   It is likely that it passed to the Queen in 1953, as, despite not making any further reference to this piece, Roberts states that “at her death in February 1953 ... the majority of her jewellery was left to The Queen, in whose possession it remains”; (and often, it is expressly mentioned when pieces have left the collection).


July 10, 2016 10:56 am  #2

Re: TBF-QA-3 Queen Alexandra's Collier Résille

3. Queen Alexandra's Collier Résille

    Shirley Bury wrote about this necklace that "It was entirely consistent with the Queen's independent attitude that she should also patronize Lalique and then resort to another Parisian jeweller, Pierre Cartier, in 1904 to make her a diamond résille (literally, hairnet) dog-collar front with a fall in the Louis Seize manner. Set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies broken out of an Indian necklace, it cost the Queen 6,600 francs. The shimmering effect of this constellation of stones perched on knife-edge settings is admirably caught in François Flameng's portrait.[1] Suzy Menkes reproduced the page in the Cartier ledger which details the order.[2]

   The necklace was worn by Queen Mary with and without the removable fringe. This necklace is often confused with a second collier resille which has bows and swags in the Garland style which was the property of Queen Alexandra.

1. Shirley Bury. Jewellery - The International Era 1789-1910 volume 2, Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1997; Margaret Young-Sanchez et al. Cartier in the 20th Century. New York: Vendome Press, 2014 p.31
2. Suzy Menkes. The Royal Jewels, London: Grafton Books, 1985.


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