Insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece of Prince Karl Anselm von Thurn und Taxis (1733-1805); knight of the Golden Fleece in 1775 End 18th century – Gold, silver, diamonds and amethyst
Private insignia of the Golden Fleece can be of extreme wealth. This spectacular piece was part of a surprising series of jewel pendants collected by the flamboyant prince of Thurn und Taxis, known for his passion for precious stones. The fleece could be worn with various settings in beryl, topaz, garnets or diamonds, all dispersed during the sale of 1992.
Lesser George of the Most Noble Order of the Garter - John Bridge, London, First half of the 19th century – Gold and enamel
Remarkable for its exceptional dimensions (15.3 cm high, 9.3 cm large) and its weight (324g), this Lesser George is an example of the golden age of English jewelry making at the beginning of the 19th century.
Great George of the Most Noble Order of the Garter 19th century – Gold and enamel
The Great George, a figurine of the legendary horseman slaying a dragon, is suspended from the collar of the order; the latter must be returned to the Chancellery upon the holder’s death. This pendant belonged to Victor-Emmanuel III (1869-1947), King of Italy (1900-1946), named knight on August 3, 1891.
Badge and star of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle – R & S Garrard & Co, London (badge) – End 18th century – Gold, silver, diamonds, emerald, amethyst and enamel
Instituted by King James VII of Scotland, this prestigious order is reserved for members of the royal family and the Scottish nobility. These sumptuous insignia jewels are comparable to those kept in the royal British collections.
Badge of knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India – Spink & Son, London – 2nd half of the 19th century – Gold, silver, diamonds and enamel
The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1861 and owes much to Prince Albert who conceived the name, the motto and the insignia. Exclusively remitted to Indian princes and other foreign sovereigns of the East, it is free of religious symbols so as not to offend non-Christians. This splendid badge embellished with diamonds most probably belonged to a Maharajah.
Danger Averted medal of 1589 of Queen Elisabeth I – Nicholas Hilliard, miniaturist and engraver (1547-1619) – End 16th century – Gold, enamel and baroque pearls
Queen Elisabeth I loved jewels and offered ones with her portrait on them. This medal symbolizes Queen Elisabeth’s resistance in face of the threats the Spanish King Philippe II weighed on her kingdom.
Miniatures of King George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) – 2nd quarter of the 20th century – Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, enamel
These miniatures were official gifts the King offered at highly prestigious occasions. These are among the very rare examples of this type of object given to Maharajahs during the Delhi Durbar festivities of December 1911, in commemoration of the coronation of the King and of Queen Mary as emperor and empress of India.
The Grand collar of the Most Holy Annunciation Reverse side, on the fastener clasp: n° 4 – 18th century (period of the kingdom of Sardinia)
The first order with a collar instituted in 1362, the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation is the most prestigious order of the House of Savoy. This collar was awarded on November 14, 2013, to His Excellency the Ambassador Antonio Benedetto Spada, named knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation by HRH Vittorio Emanuele, Duke of Savoy and Prince of Naples, 28th Grand Master (854th knight).
Jewel case of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies – Carlo Landriani, Naples, first half of the 19th century
This jewel case contains the badges of the family orders traditionally worn by the sovereigns of the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Saint January, Saint Ferdinand and of Merit, the Holy Spirit, Saint George of the Reunion and Charles III of Spain. Another jewel case, of the same exceptional make in marcasite, contains the foreign orders.