Re: collier résille confusion
Posted by Boffer on May 25, 2012, 5:54 pm, in reply to "collier résille confusion"
I honestly believe that Queen Alexandra could have commissioned both this necklaces from Cartier, for a woman in her position it is more than likely that she could have had more than one collier résille in her collection. |
We now know that Queen Alexandra gave detailed instruction upon the division of her jewels, by notes in her inventory. It could be possible that the garland style necklace was dispersed among her other children, and Queen Mary was left the necklace we definitely know was in the Royal Collection.
There were countless jewels owned and worn by Queen Alexandra, with no photographic record of them actual being worn. The only way to be sure, would be to look in her jewellery inventory, or through all her accounts in the Cartier archives to see if there is any mention of the second one. Field mentions that QA had two collier résille; Roberts definitely mentions one, but doesn't discount the possibility of another, which means that it could be possible. More research would have to be done into it.
: Monica, I assume you are referring to the
: necklace shown below on the left? I'm not
: sure that ever belonged to Queen Alexandra.
: Here is a summary of information I read
: years ago on a message board that is no
: longer accessible:
: The piece on the left is identified or
: described in Menkes (which I don't have) as
: Queen Alexandra's collier résille. Her
: source was Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary
: by Hans Nadelhoffer, 1984. In that book the
: two plates above are shown next to each
: other or on opposite pages. The caption of
: the one with swags and bows does identify it
: as having been made for Queen Alexandra but
: I don't recall what the other one said. It
: is thought that the two captions mistakenly
: got swapped, causing the confusion. The
: necklace on the right appears to be the one
: worn by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary,
: whose alterations would have included the
: removal of the garland borders.
: It will be a couple of days before I can
: visit the library in my city that has
: Nadelhoffer. Perhaps someone who has it can
: verify this story?
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