Schmuck und Juwelen der Romanovs - Zarin Marie Feodorovna
Das Collier besteht aus 2 verschiedenen (von insgesamt 5 unterschiedlichen
Blumen-Motiven). Insgesamt waren es 45 Elemente, also wahrscheinlich
von jedem Motiv 9 Stück. Es wurde für Katharina die Große
angefertigt und je nach Bedarf auf die Roben angenäht, als Borde
Dazu kommen noch die Quasten-Elemente aus Diamanten, am Bolerosaum, die ebenfalls aus der Schatzkammer stammen und aus beweglichen Diamantelementen besteht, ein unglaublicher Effekt, wenn diese vielen Diamanten auf den Quasten bei jeder Bewegung funkeln.
These charming bodice ornaments once formed part of the magnificent
collection of Russian Crown Jewels, some of which date back to Peter
The Great (1672-1725) which glorified the wealth and power of the Romanov
After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Crown Jewels were confiscated
having been stored in nine huge strong boxes, which came to light for
the recesses of the Moscow Armoury Hall. During 1922 the intensive job
of listing and photographing everything took almost four months and
was conducted by five of Russia's leading jewellers, under the guidance
of the well known mineralogist Prof. A E Fersman assisted by S N Troinitzky
the director of the Hermitage Museum and A N Benois, a well known art
critic and painter.
Some of the collection was sold to a consortium of British and American buyers, whose identity is unknown. One hundred and nineteen of the jewels sold to this syndicate were offered for sale by Christie's in London on 16 March 1927 at a sale entitled "An Important Assemblage of Magnificent Jewellery, mostly dating from the 18th century, which formed part of The Russian State Jewels".
'A Pair of Diamond Floral Sprays', and lot 37 'A Set of Three ditto'. The disparity between the 1927 illustration and the two brooches, is probably due to the purchase by the same buyer of all five brooches.
A month before his coronation, Nicholas II approved The Rules for Storing The Imperial Regalia and The Crown Jewels in The Diamond Room of The Winter Palace.
In a document dated April 16, 1896, it was strictly prescribed: "The jewels mentioned in the book of The Crown Diamonds are not subject to alienation." Empress Consort and the Dowager Empress of Russia. Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna and Maria Feodorovna could still, in discretion, dismantle old-fashioned treasures and create modern jewelry using historical stones. Since 1882, the redesign of The Crown Jewels have often been entrusted to Fabergé. For example, Fabergé made a new settings for diamond fermoirs with huge rectangular sapphires from The Russian Crown Jewels.
When massive paired bracelets were in great fashion in the 18th century, Empress Catherine the Great wore ancient Ceylon sapphires of Hindu cutting on her wrists. Both Sapphire gem stones weighed almost 400 old carats. Later, the fermoirs were separated from the pearl strands. By the 1840s, only the precious fastenings of former bracelets were listed among The Russian Crown Jewels. Empress Maria Feodorovna wished to make brooches from these sapphire fermoirs. At the 1883 costume ball, she wore both old-new brooches on her skirt. "My costume was very beautiful, but extremely uncomfortable. It was so heavy that I couldn't dance in it," the Empress complained in a letter to her mother. the Empress' skirt was weighted with a 142-carat sapphire. Like it's twin brother with the 249-carat stone
Empress Marie Feodorovna wore another piece of the tsars jewels, as head ornament, the top part of the "Devante de Corsage" with an large flat emerald of 65ct of mother-in-law, Tsarina Marie Alexandrovna.
Cf. Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, Moscow, 1926, Part 4, No. 188, p. 22 Cf. Lord Twining, A History of the Crown Jewels of Europe, Batsford, 1960, pp. 530-531, 553-554
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