Lot 3140

Empress Elisabeth of Austria – a locket with a portrait and curls of hair, probably a personal gift from the Empress after the coronation, circa 1867

Orders & Military Collectibles until 1918 | A90m | Live auction | 521 Lots

Hammer price € 38,000

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Description

Painted in gouache and water colour, the portrait shows the Empress in Hungarian coronation regalia with diamonds and a crown. An extremely fine, cut-out cipher of the Empress engraved on the back in high-carat gold, below which delicately braided curls of hair (most likely from the Empress' own head). Under glass, in a magnificent medallion, both lids made of gold and intricately engraved with floral décor. Dimensions of the portrait 3.8 x 3 cm. Dimensions of the medallion, including the suspension ring 6.5 x 3.8 cm. Total weight 34 g. Exquisitely painted miniature and fine engraving. From a noble European estate. By all accounts, it was a personal gift from the Empress commemorating her coronation. A rare find.

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General Information

The auction starts on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 3001 - 3522. The pre-sale view will take place from 15 - 20 Nov. 2021 in our auction rooms at Bretonischer Ring 3 in 85630 Grasbrunn / Munich from 11 am to 5 pm (CET).