An art deco emerald and diamond tiara/brooch/double-clip combination,
Lot 61
An art deco emerald and diamond tiara/brooch/double-clip combination,
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 19,391) inc. premium

Lot Details
An art deco emerald and diamond tiara/brooch/double-clip combination, circa 1935
The tiara formed as an undulating series of pierced geometric panels, set throughout with vari-cut emeralds and old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, old brilliant-cut diamonds approximately 3.40 carats total, principal emerald approximately 9.15 carats, brooch, clip fittings and screwdrivers supplied, central plaque height 4.4cm, width 4.3cm, fitted case by Carrington & Co Ltd, 130 Regent Street

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    John Francis Caradoc (formerly Cradock), first Baron Howden (1762-1839)
    Theodosia, Lady Howden (d.1853), his widow
    John Hobart Caradoc, second Baron Howden (1799-1873)
    Gifted to Eleanor Meade, wife of Edward Meade, a first cousin
    Direct descent to the current owner

    The emeralds in this tiara once belonged to John Francis Caradoc (formerly Cradock), first Baron Howden (1762-1839), a distinguished army officer who served during the Napoleonic Wars and who was given a peerage by the Duke of Wellington.

    In 1803 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Madras and at this time formed a large collection of emeralds. His son, John Hobart Caradoc, second Baron Howden (1799-1873), a diplomat and charismatic Regency buck who lived up to his nickname Beauty Caradoc, added to the collection during his time spent as a minister in South America in the mid 19th century.

    After the first Lord Howden's death in 1839, the collection of emeralds, which numbered more than seventy stones, remained in the possession of his widow, Theodosia. After Lady Howden's death in 1853, her son gave them to Eleanor Meade (nee Bosanquet), wife of his first cousin, Edward. Eleanor had struck up a close friendship with the widowed Lady Howden, her aunt by marriage, whom she visited almost daily. The second Lord Howden, who spent much of his life abroad, was based in Madrid when his mother died. Upon hearing the sad news, he wrote to his cousin, Edward Meade, "I have not an idea if my mother has any jewels or if she has given them away. If she still has her emeralds, I anxiously trust Mrs Meade will allow me to present them to her as a testimony of regard and friendship".

    See lot 142, The Art of Jewels, Bonhams, London, December 2009 for a fine Colombian emerald also from this collection.
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