Lot 1712, Queen Amelia of Portugal's Important Colombian Emerald and Diamond Brooch, late 19th century. Estimate 9,500,000 — 12,000,000 HKD (1,098,240 - 1,387,250 EUR). Photo Sotheby's
Designed as an old-mine- and rose-cut diamond scroll cartouche, centring on a cushion modified mixed-cut emerald and two modified calf's head step-cut emeralds weighing 12.22, 3.43 and 2.95 carats respectively, the diamonds together weighing approximately 23.00 carats, mounted with silver-topped gold, late 19th century, two rose-cut diamonds deficient.
Provenance: The property of the Late Gabriele Murdock, sold by Sotheby’s New York on 7 December 1999, lot 625
The property of HRH, The Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, sold by Sotheby’s New York on 9 to 10 December 1981, lot 430
The collection of the Princes of Orléans and Bragança
Queen Amelia of Portugal
The brooch was given to Queen Amelia as a gift from her godfather, the Duke of Aumale, a son of Louis Philippe, the last King of France.
Accompanied by Gübelin report numbered 0608665/1 to 3, dated 24 October 2006, stating that the 12.22, 3.43 and 2.95 carat emeralds are natural, of Colombian origin, with no indications of clarity enhancement. Also accompanied by an appendix stating that "the three Colombian emeralds featured in the antique brooch display a saturated and homogenous colour, combined with a high degree of transparency.... An antique jewellery item with such a royal history and featuring three Colombian emeralds showing no indications of clarity enhancement is rarely encountered today."
Further accompanied by three AGL reports numbered CS 38103 to CS 38101, dated 13 January 2006, stating that the 12.22, 3.43 and 2.95 carat emeralds are natural, of Colombian origin, with no indications of clarity enhancement, and a comment stating that the Total Quality Integration Rating for the 12.22 carat emerald is excellent.
Also accompanied by SSEF report, stating that the three emeralds are natural, of Colombian origin, with no indications of clarity enhancement.
Queen Amelia of Portugal
Queen Amelia was born Princess Amélie of Orléans in 1865. Her father, Prince Louis-Philippe, Count of Paris, was the senior grandson of the last King of the French and the claimant to the French throne. Her mother, Princess Maria-Isabella was an infanta of Spain through the Spanish branch of the Bourbon-Orléans dynasty. She married Carlos of Portugal in 1886, who reigned as King Carlos I after the death of his father in 1889. Their son, Prince of Manuel became Manuel II, the last King of Portugal, who reigned until 1910 when the country was declared a Republic.
Queen Amelia was given three emerald and diamond jewels on the occasion of her marriage to Carlos of Portugal in 1886. The emerald and diamond brooch was a gift from her godfather, the Duke of Aumale, a son of Louis Philippe, the last King of France. This grandeur of this brooch lies not only in its provenance, but also in the three attractive Colombian emeralds that are natural and free of clarity treatment, in which the centre stone weighs a stunning 12.22 carats. A noble brooch with such important gemstones would definitely attract both antique jewel aficionados and gem connoisseurs.
Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite, Hong Kong, 05 avr. 2016, 02:00 PM