• Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1011


    Price Realised  


    Designed as a staggered fringe of various motifs, the central tassel suspending a carved carnelian shell pendant, from a multi-colored enamel winged scarab plaque, centering upon a gray faience scarab, the surrounding tassels set with carved moonstone, coral beads and ram heads, gray and blue faience scarabs, with cabochon turquoise detail, to the coral bead and sculpted gold neckchain, mounted in gold, circa 1870, 15 ins., in a Hancocks' & Co. brown leather fitted case
    Numbered 1134

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

    Pre-Lot Text

    In the late 19th century, Lillie Langtry was a great society beauty. A mistress to Edward VII, the Prince of Wales, the famed beauty launched her career on stage and gained international acclaim.

    She is pictured here in her role as Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra. The beautiful Egyptian Revival Necklace was made by Hancock's and Co. in the late 1870s and given to Ms. Langtry by the Prince of Wales. This unique necklace - with an Egyptian inspiration to its sumptuous design - was very special to her. Ms. Langtry wore it on her opening night as Cleopatra at the Princess Theatre in 1890. It was then replaced by a larger stage copy for her continued stage appearances as Cleopatra.