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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 29 n° 229

The Maria Fitzherbert Jewel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 giugno 2017

JewelLondon On 6 July 2017, Christie’s will offer The Maria Fitzherbert Jewel in The Exceptional Sale as part of Christie’s Classic Week. The gold locket, which contains a portrait miniature of King George IV by the celebrated artist Richard Cosway, is one half of a pair. The other locket contained an image of the King’s secret and illegal wife, Maria Fitzherbert and was worn by the King on his deathbed, before being buried with him at Windsor Castle. The surviving half of the pair, The Maria Fitzherbert Jewel (estimate: £80,000-120,000), has passed down through descent directly from Maria Fitzherbert and offers an important insight into this most private relationship. The pair of miniatures were each contained within diamond-set lockets and faced with sections cut from a diamond, known as a ‘portrait diamond’. When Maria died seven years after the King she was holding a portrait miniature by Richard Cosway, possibly The Maria Fitzherbert Jewel, in her own hand. Despite the tumultuous nature of their relationship, Maria Fitzherbert is considered the only woman George IV ever truly loved and provides a rare glimpse into the love story of George IV and his beloved Maria Fitzherbert. (photo: Jewel)

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