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MID 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND HEART LOCKET PENDANT
MID 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND HEART LOCKET PENDANT
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FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF EUGENIE, THE LAST EMPRESS OF FRANCE
MID 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND HEART LOCKET PENDANT

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MID 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND HEART LOCKET PENDANT
Circular-cut rubies, old and rose-cut diamonds, with glazed compartment to the reverse containing a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon III, circa 1850-60, 4.0 cm
Provenance
Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, 16th Countess of Teba, 15th Marchioness of Ardales (5 May 1826 – 11 July 1920), known as Eugénie de Montijo, the last Empress of France (1853–70) wife of Emperor Napoleon III,
By descent to her older sister: Duquesa de Alba, María Francisca de Sales Palafox Portocarrero y Kikpatrick,
By descent to her daughter: Duquesa de Galisteo (Maria Asunción Fitz-James Stuart y Portocarrero) married IV Duque de Tamames, (Jose María Mesía del Barco y Gayoso de los Cobos)
By descent to thier son: Conde de Mora, later Duque de Tamames,
Thence by descent to the current owner
Exhibited
Le Musee Chaumet, 'Le Grand Frisson - Bijoux de Sentiment, de la Renaissance à nos jours', Paris, 2008

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Married to Napoleon III, Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920) was the last Empress of France. A woman of great elegance, beauty and charm, she was born in Granada, Spain, was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court.

From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugenie did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie, which at that time inspired the whole of Europe. Her love of jewellery being legendary, she had many Crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous jewellers in Paris including among others Bapst and Chaumet.

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