The French Crown Jewels once constituted one of the largest jewellery collections in the world, but very few examples in original condition have survived to date. It is therefore extremely rare for a jewel of such historic importance to be offered for sale.
The Feuilles de Groseillier brooch, part of one of the most beautiful parures of the 19th century, was commissioned by Empress Eugenie to Bapst Jewellers in 1855. It is designed as a cluster of three openwork currant leaves centering upon a larger cushion-shaped diamond, suspending three detachable articulated pampilles, set throughout with old mine-cut diamonds.
The Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale is slated on November 11th.