Fans of royal jewelryshould go to the upcoming jewelry auction at the Bruun Rasmussen auction house in Copenhagen, as there will be a lot of pieces with interesting histories.
Do you see the photo above? This sapphire tiara once owned by a danish princess is going to auction!
The house, which Bonhams bought earlier this year, will have a sale on December 1 that will include jewelry worn by the Danish royal family.
The picture at the top of the page shows Princess Thyra of Denmark's sapphiretiara. The princess was a very important member of both the Danish and European royal families.
The sapphire tiara that is going up for auction was given to Princess Thyra, who lived from 1880 to 1945, as a gift by her parents, King Frederik VIII and Queen Lovise of Denmark.
Most likely, this happened on her 18th birthday in 1898, when she probably made her first appearance in public. After that, this beautiful piece of jewelry was given to the Danish Royal Family.
Princess Thyra left the tiara to her niece, Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, who was married to Hereditary Prince Knud of Denmark.
They gave it to their daughter, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, and it has stayed in the family of King Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa of Denmark up to the present day. It was probably made by E. Wolff & Co., a jewelry company in London, and sold by A. Michelsen in Copenhagen.
Princess Thyra of Denmark’s Sapphire Tiara is unique and well-preserved. And it is rare that jewelry of this nature is offered for sale at auction directly from the Danish Royal Family. I have always had a personal interest in royal history and royal artifacts. Therefore, right now is an absolutely unique time for me – to have the opportunity to delve into the history of both Princess Thyra and her sapphire tiara and present it at auction. The princess also deserves a different epithet, than the one she has in the history books, and she will get that now.- Chief Specialist, royal objets d’art, Martin Hans Borg
It is made of 14-karat gold, rose gold, and silver, and has five heart-shaped ornaments that get smaller from the middle to the sides. It does not have a maker's mark, but it was probably made by E. Wolff & Co. in the late 19th century.
The tiara was a gift from her parents, King Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa of Denmark, to Princess Thyra, who lived from 1880 to 1945. It was probably given to her on her 18th birthday in 1898 when she probably made her first appearance in public.
Then, it was passed down through the Danish royal family. Up until now, it has been owned by people who are related to King Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa.
It could sell for between 600,000 and 800,000 DKK, which is between $83,000 and $111,000 at the current exchange rate.
Queen Alexandrine of Denmark's Art Deco emerald and diamondbracelet, shown above, is thought to be worth between 300,000 and 400,000 DKK, or about $42,000 and $55,000.
There is also a garnet and 18-karat gold pendant that belonged to King Frederik VII's mother, Princess Charlotte Frederik of Denmark. It is in the shape of a bow and has a faceted drop. It is estimated to be worth between 15,000 and 20,000 DKK, or about $2,100 and $3,000, and it was owned by Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna.
There are also mourning medallions for sale at the auction. One of them belonged to Queen Louise of Denmark and has a lock of hair from the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia, who died before he could marry the Queen's daughter, Princess Dagmar.
The piece of 18-karat gold is thought to be worth between 10,000 and 12,000 DKK, which is about $1,400 and $1,700.
A set of three mourning medallions for her parents, Landgravine Charlotte and Landgrave Wilhelm of Hessen-Kassel, and Prince Friedrich of Nassau, was also worn by Queen Louise of Denmark.
The medallions can be purchased for 8,000 to 10,000 Danish Krone, which is around $1,100 to $1,400 USD.
The jewels and handbags that will be auctioned off on December 1 can all be viewed online in their entirety.