Antique Silver, Gold and Diamond Currant 'en Pampille' Brooch
The pierced corsage topped by three curving leaves set throughout with 125 old-mine cut diamonds approximately 6.60 cts., centering one cushion-shaped diamond approximately 4.23 cts., suspending a line of 3 cushion-shaped diamonds approximately 3.60 cts., circa 1850. With box signed TIFFANY & CO., 56 BIS AVENUE DE L'OPERA, PARIS. Accompanied by a calling card engraved Mr. J Pierpont Morgan, 219 Madison Avenue and inscribed in pen With love & a Merry Christmas. A souvenir of Marie Antoinette and signed j.
DIAMANTS DE LA COURONNE DE FRANCE
In May 1887, following the fall of the Second Empire, the French Ministry of Finance held an historic auction in the Louvre of the French crown jewels. The jewels were divided into lots and photographed for a catalogue, only one copy of which was sent to the United States - to Tiffany & Co. Tiffany's representative in Paris was the largest purchaser at the sale, successfully buying almost a third of the crown jewels. These included two lots from the spectacular Currant Leaf diamond parure made by Bapst, the French crown jeweler, for Empress Eugenie around the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855.
This brooch is similar to one that Tiffany sold to Caroline Schermerhorn Astor and is now on display at the Metropolitan Opera. See John Loring, Tiffany Jewels, p. 94.
Alice Appleton Hay
Adele Hay Fath
Creekmore W. Fath
Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation
THIS BROOCH IS ACCOMPANIED BY A LETTER FROM TIFFANY & CO. VERIFYING THAT IT WAS PURCHASED FROM TIFFANY & CO. AND IS PART OF THE FRENCH CROWN JEWELS.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
3 cushion-shaped diamonds: J-K-L-VS-SI, smallest diamond has chip along side.
Brooch fitting detachable. 3 1/8 x 1 3/4".
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