Sotheby’s Dubai has announced the upcoming exhibition featuring highlights of the Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family collection, which includes pieces that belonged to Marie Antoinette herself.
"It is one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market and each and every jewel is absolutely imbued with history," says Daniela Mascetti, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's Jewellery Europe.
The exhibition is open to the public from Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th September at Sotheby’s Dubai gallery in DIFC.
This stunning diamond brooch is one of the pieces that can be traced back to Marie Antoinette, estimate $50,000-80,000
The impressive jewellery ensemble includes a total of 10 pieces that can be traced back to Marie Antoinette and boast a fascinating story. In March 1791 the ill-fated King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and their children began to prepare for their escape from France. According to accounts written by a lady in waiting, Madame Campan, the queen spent an entire evening in the Tuileries Palace wrapping all of her diamonds, rubies and pearls in cotton and placing them in a wooden chest.
The last Queen of France was renowned for her love of pearl jewels, such as this triple-row natural pearl necklace, estimate $200,000-300,000
The chest of jewels was sent on to Vienna, where they were placed in the safekeeping of the Austrian Emperor, Marie Antoinette’s nephew. In 1796 they were given to Marie Antoinette’s daughter, Marie-Thérèse de France, following her parents’ execution and her own imprisonment.
By family tradition the diamonds adorning this stunning brooch belonged to Marie Antoinette, estimate $95,000-140,000
Marie Antoinette’s great love of pearls and diamonds is well known, and the jewels in this collection include some of the most beautiful examples. Highlights coming to Dubai feature an exceptional natural pearl and diamond pendant estimated at US$ 1million to 2million, two diamond brooches, and a natural pearl necklace.
This exceptional natural pearl pendant leads the pieces that can be traced back to Marie Antoinette and is estimated at $1million-2million
The collection is currently undergoing an international tour before the auction in Geneva on 14th November. Sotheby’s Dubai exhibition opens on Sunday 7th and runs until Tuesday 9th October between 10am and 4pm at Unit 1, Level B2, Gate Village Building No.3, DIFC Dubai.