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Imperial Jewels at Christie’s Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 marzo 2021

GENEVA – May 2021 marks 200 years since the death of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), and it is an extraordinary coincidence that this spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860) will be offered for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on 12 May 2021. The nine pieces, including a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet will be offered as individual lots. A total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon were used to create this parure in the early 1800s. The collection also includes the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the centre.Napoleon I married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796, who was Stephanie’s aunt. Stephanie was born on 28 August 1789, unfortunately her mother died two years later and she spent her early years with the nuns in the French country side. Soon after her aunt’s marriage to Napoléon I she joined them and grew up in Versailles and Paris. A month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoléon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoléon and was therewith able to marry into the Baden Family on 6 April 1806, when she said yes to Prince Charles of Baden. Together they had five children; two boys, who died in infancy, and three daughters. A record in writing, found between the boxes of jewels, stated that these sapphire jewels were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais. Such an origin is very likely. In many paintings Hortense, and her mother Empress Josephine, can be seen wearing precious belts. Furthermore, Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoléon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewellery. After Stephanie’s death in 1860 the sapphire parure described as ‘necklace, pendant, earrings, 7 pins and a belt’ was inherited by Stephanie’s second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. Under Napoléon’s court, belts decorated with precious stones were part of any jewellery parure, as fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt which was placed just under the décolleté. It seems the belt was remodelled into a bandeau-tiara and a bracelet by Princess Josephine, who died in 1900, aged 83. In her will, she left the sapphires (necklace, bandeau-tiara, earrings, pendants and bracelet) to her eldest son, Léopold (1835-1905). At this point, Stephanie’s sapphire parure was joined by another spectacular sapphire jewel: a crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal (1819-1853).Maria was born in 1819 in Rio, where her family, the Braganza dynasty, took refuge when Napoléon I invaded their kingdom of Portugal. Her father Pedro, King of Portugal and 1st Emperor of Brazil, abdicated the crown of Portugal in her favour in 1826. Therewith, Maria da Gloria became Queen of Portugal at the age of seven. She died in 1853 after having given birth to 11 children. Her seventh child Infanta Antonia (1845-1913) married Léopold, Prince of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen in 1861, and it is believed that their union united the two sapphire parures.

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“Chinese Emperors’ Imperial Wonderland”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 settembre 2019

Tmall Culture under the global Internet giant Alibaba, in conjunction with the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Committee, and China Cultural Tourism and Creativity, hosted “Chinese Emperors’ Imperial Wonderland”, which recreated an immersive experience of the fairyland of the Summer Palace and the 12 bronze Chinese zodiac statues from the Old Summer Palace, at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. The grand overseas debut of Tmall Culture captivated Paris with its Chinese flavor. It is reported that Tong Zhiwei, Deputy Minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Haidian District of Beijing Committee, Li Shaoping, Cultural Counselor at the Chinese embassy in France, and Di An, General Supervisor of Tmall Home Textiles, were present at the opening ceremony. The Deputy Mayor of Tours, which has the reputation of “the garden of France” because of its numerous royal gardens and castles, was a special guest at the exhibition. He extended his warm welcome to the exhibition for cultural exchange on gardens.An eye-catching feature of this art exhibition was the royal-garden-themed cultural and creative products developed by Tmall Culture. During recent years, cultural and creative products have rapidly become a booming business in China. As the largest B2C trade platform worldwide, Tmall is increasing its investment in the cultural and creative industry. Tmall is daily becoming a bridge by which globally renowned museums and art institutions gain access to the Chinese market. Recently, Tmall Culture 2.0 was announced, planning to enable all museums worldwide to open stores on Tmall in 3 years, and to help them to undertake trans-boundary cooperation with 10,000 brands, in order that one billion people may become consumers of cultural and creative products. Currently, 24 well-known museums worldwide have opened their stores on Tmall, on which over 2400 brands have participated in this flourishing business.This year also marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France. Tmall Culture made its international debut in a cultural capital such as Paris in order to facilitate both cultural and commercial exchange between China and France.

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