A diamond kokoshnik tiara, circa 1910 - Sotheby's

Designed as a series of radiating scrolls surrounding three principle pear-shaped diamonds set with circular-, rose-cut and cushion-shaped stones, framed by two lines of similarly-set diamonds, inner circumference approximately 380mm, fitted case by Harman& Co Ltd & Lambert, 177 New Bond Street. Lot Sold: 300,000 CHF


LITERATURE: Cf: Tiaras, A History of Splendour, Geoffrey C. Munn, Antique Collectors Club, 2001, plates 280 and 281, page 309 and plate 285 page 314 for similar examples of kokoshnik tiaras by Cartier.

NOTE: The following tiara was purchased during the 1930s by Mervyn Horatio Herbert, Viscount Clive, for his wife Vida Cuthbert, daughter of Capt James Cuthbert DSO. Vida Cuthbert married the Viscount in 1934, the second son of the 4th Earl of Powis, who bequeathed Powis castle to the National Trust in 1952. The 4th Earl's family was marred by a series of tragedies, his first son died of his wounds at the battle of the Somme in 1916, while his wife was killed in a car crash in 1929, his younger son, Mervyn Horatio Herbert, was killed in a plane crash while on active service in 1943.

Sotheby's Noble Jewels Geneva | 17 May 2007 - www.sothebys.com