Friday, September 28, 2007

Fancy Marie Antoinette's Pearls?

. . . you could buy them.

Reuters: Marie Antoinette's pearls up for auction---

LONDON (Reuters) - A set of pearls once belonging to Marie Antoinette and taken to Britain by a friend for safekeeping will go on sale in December, and are expected to fetch up to $800,000.

Now part of a diamond, ruby and pearl necklace, France's last queen gave a bag of pearls and diamonds to Lady Sutherland, the British ambassador's wife, before she fled revolutionary France in 1792, a year before Marie Antoinette's death.

"Lady Sutherland was wife of the ambassador and friends with the queen, and they had children of the same age," said Raymond Sancroft-Baker, senior director of Christie's jewelry in London.
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Marie Antoinette was executed by guillotine in October 1793.

The diamonds were made into a necklace, while the pearls were mounted later for the occasion of the marriage of Sutherland's grandson in 1849.
You can see the pearls (in the necklace, obviously) here.

More about Marie Antoinette:
Royalty: Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
PBS: Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette.org
Portraits of Marie Antoinette

2 comments:

Antoinette said...

I love that necklace! Considering I´m her namesake, I think I´m the one who should get those pearls *wink* too bad I don't have that kind of money!

Lady Jane said...

I think you're right, Antoinette! You should have the necklace. :)

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