Lot 264. 'The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace'. An antique diamond, emerald and enamel necklace, mid to late 19th century. Estimate USD 1,500,000 - USD 2,500,000. Price realised USD 1,935,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019
Triangular-shaped table-cut diamonds, variously-shaped faceted and rose-cut diamonds, carved emerald bead, green enamel, foil, gold, engraved on the reverse with foliate motif, 16 ins.
Provenance: By repute, Nizams of Hyderabad.
Literature: Jaffer 2013, p. 205, ill. 270-71, no. 87.
Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2014, pp. 86-87
Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, p. 107, no. 58
The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 119, no. 86
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 251, no. 186
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 264, no. 182
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 284, no. 186
de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco 2018, p. 128, no. 61.
Note: The eight large diamonds set in this impressive necklace each have an estimated weight of 10.00 to 15.00 carats. The modified brilliant-cut of these diamonds reflect the advancement of gem faceting in India. Additionally, the openwork setting and symmetrical nature of the necklace's design is the direct result of Western influence.