Enamel pendant of the Order of Malta – Gold and enamel
The finesse of the execution of this pendant is reason to place it with the work of Bruno “de Messine”. A portrait of Saint Ignatius appears on the reverse. A similar piece, which figures the Holy Family, is kept in the Royal British collections.
Jewel insignia of the Legion of Honor Circa 1810 – Gold, enamel, diamonds and emeralds
This star of the Legion of Honor, treasure of the jewels of the First Empire, belonged to a member of the imperial family. It can be associated with the insignia made for the Emperor by Nitot, the foremost court jeweler for the occasion of the Emperor’s wedding in 1810.
The helmet of the Duke de Berry, Colonel General of the Light Horse Lancers
The Duke de Berry, second son of Charles X, embodied dynastic continuity by providing a long awaited heir to the throne. This helmet is the symbol of his military career, renowned mainly in the Condé Army during the counter-revolutionary campaigns.
The ensemble of marshal Moncey’s decorations and batons (1754-1842)
Empire model batons modified under the Restoration and a July Monarchy model, order of the Legion of Honor, order of the Holy Spirit, of Saint Louis and the order of Charles III of Spain. First Empire marshal Moncey rallied over to Louis XVIII but nobly refused to take part in the court martial of marshal Ney: “No, Sire, if I am not allowed to save my country and my own existence, I will at least save honor”. Governor of the Invalides, he received the Emperor’s ashes there in 1840.
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, Napoleon III Ouizille-Lemoine Jewellers – Gold, diamonds, rubies and emeralds
This splendid star from the imperial family probably comes from the Emperor’s personal jewel case, taken away during the campaign of 1870. Another diamond Grand Cross that belonged to Napoleon III, crafted in 1855 and part of the Crown jewels was dismounted and destroyed in 1887.
Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Joao VI of Braganza (1767-1826), King of Portugal (1816-1826), 17th century – Gold and enamel
This exceptional collar is one of the rare examples of the classic model worn since the foundation of the order in 1430. The last holder, Joao of Braganza, was made knight in 1785 when he was the infant of Portugal.