A set of five gold, enamel and gem-set dress ornaments, probably Deccan,
Lot 6
A set of five gold, enamel and gem-set dress ornaments, probably Deccan,
Sold for £43,250 (US$ 72,652) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A set of five gold, enamel and gem-set dress ornaments, probably Deccan, 19th century
Each circular ornament set with a foiled rose-cut gemstone, within an engraved foliate gold frame, with green enamelled floral motif on reverse, gemstones comprise a diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire and yellow sapphire, enamel worn, fitted case with the imperial arms of Austria above an elephant on the cover, spurious monogram FF for Archduke Franz Ferdinand and spurious inventory number 3274 on reverse

Footnotes

  • In 1892-3, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria undertook a lavish year-long world tour that took him from Trieste, via the Suez Canal, to North America, India, the Far East and Australia. Whilst away "FF" made detailed entries in a diary. Near Delhi, his porters made camp in the jungle with over eighty-seven tents, some with bathing cabins and golden ceilings. The British governor of Nepal welcomed him with a retinue of two hundred elephants for a tiger hunt in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Nizam of Hyderabad invited him to dinner and a flock of brightly coloured birds flew out of the cake when it was cut. The Archduke also purchased countless souvenirs, many as gifts for those travelling in his vast entourage and after his assassination in 1914 many of these ended up on the black market, sold erroneously as items from the princely collections. It is believed this is one such item as the letters "FF" on the case do not correspond to the official monogram used to mark his goods.
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