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    Sale 1991

    Jewels: The New York Sale

    16 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 275


    Price Realised  


    Designed as old European-cut diamond garland swags, suspending six pear-shaped diamonds, weighing from approximately 2.47 to 4.40 carats, from a collet-set diamond millegrain bar, mounted in silver-topped gold and platinum, circa 1895, diamond drops circa 1900, (the two outer diamonds detachable)
    With reports dated 10 May 2007 to 15 June 2007 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamonds range from G to J color, VVS2 to I1 clarity

    Report No. Weight Color Clarity
    15880574 2.47 G VS1
    15858015 3.02 G VS2
    15858026 3.18 H VVS2
    15858022 3.35 H VS1
    15858030 3.56 H VS2
    15856817 4.40 J I1

    The total weight of the six diamonds is approximately 19.98 carats

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    Consuelo, Dowager Duchess of Manchester (1859-1909).
    Until recently exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

    Post Lot Text

    Known by many as an idealist of the time, Consuelo Yznaga was brought up in Louisiana. Married to the 8th Duke of Manchester, she was a beautiful and charming woman who would challenge the convention of the day throughout her lifetime. According to Marian Fowler, "she simply kicked over the traces and adopted the men's morals for her own. She became the doyenne of London society and was apparently adored for her charm and wit". (M. Fowler, In a Gilded Cage, Vintage, Canada, 1994)

    Cf. S. Murphy, The Duchess of Devonshire's Ball, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1984, pp. 112-113