By Vincent Meylan
- Full entry to Christie's data has been granted for this publication, leading to the inclusion of never-before visible images
- Stories of the world's nice jewellery collections
- Expertly curating Christie's large documents, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the most important info of every momentous saleFor centuries, the tales of the world's nice jewellery collections have lain hidden in the files of Christie's, the prestigious auctioneers.
From the tragic eu queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - either beheaded - to Hollywood royalty resembling Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the main celebrated (and sometimes infamous) names of the final 250 years. Following on from the luck of his books on Boucheron: the key files, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, writer Vincent Meylan explores those notable jewellery files, revealing the mysteries inside for the 1st time.Each sale had its intrigue, every one its tale to inform. the 1st public sale of knickknack from the British royal relations happened at Christie's in 1773, after the dying of the Princess of Wales, mom of George III. because the data demonstrate, within the next centuries, Christie's has been get together to the sale of knickknack via numerous additional generations of British royals, from woman Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk via to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, within the wake of revolution and regicide extra afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain have been all bought at Christie's. other than Elizabeth Taylor, the mythical superstar collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson also are printed the following, in addition to the main recognized pearls and diamonds on this planet; every one explored in the context in their vendors' impressive lives. Expertly curating the large files, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the main information of every momentous sale. greater than 100 unique records from the vaults are reproduced within the ebook, along 1000's of colour illustrations of the jewels and their owners.
Introduction through François Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia-Pacific; 1. Guillotine Diamonds; 2. Murdered Queens; three. Pomp and situations; four. Empresses in Exile; five. The French courtroom; 6. From Christie's with Love; 7. tender as a Pearl; eight. Bloody Revolutions; nine. girls of the degree; 10. gemstones from the East; eleven. Diamonds are Christie's top acquaintances; 12. Appendix: Prestigious Provenances.
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