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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 269

    A HISTORIC PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY AMETHYST AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS

    Price Realised  

    A HISTORIC PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY AMETHYST AND DIAMOND EAR PENDANTS
    Of girandole design, each set with three pear-shaped amethyst drops to the diamond foliate motif and octagonal amethyst and diamond cluster surmount, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1760, 5.4 cm long, in a fitted red leather case


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    The State inventory of 1925 described these eight amethysts as 'evidently the first procured in the Ural, about 1750-1760'.
    It had been Peter the Great who had patriotically instigated the search for precious stones in Russia, with the deep, rich purple of Siberian amethysts becoming amongst the most highly prized.

    Provenance

    The Imperial Russian Jewels 1760-1917
    The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics 1917-1925
    A Consortium of Dealers 1925-1927
    Purchased by S.J. Phillips in 1927 for GBP 295


    Pre-Lot Text

    RARE RUSSIAN JEWELS FROM A PERSONAL COLLECTION (CONTINUED)


    Literature

    Professor A. E. Fersman (ed.), Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, Moscow, 1925, cat. no. 110 with plate LIX, referring to the inventory of 1898, no. 279/270 and the inventory of 1922, no. 464

    Christie's London, An Important Assemblage of Magnificent Jewellery: Mostly dating from the 18th Century which formed part of The Russian State Jewels, Wednesday, March 16, 1927, lot 23

    Lord Twining, A History of the Crown Jewels of Europe, London, 1960, p. 555, no. S23


    Exhibited

    Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers, A Loan Exhibition, Wartski, London, 10 to 20 May 2006, cat. no. 4