Lot 27: An Ottoman diamond and emerald necklace
November 30, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: An Ottoman diamond and emerald necklace, 19th century, composed of six plaques of openwork design, set with rose-cut diamonds and emeralds, attached by chain links alternating with rose-cut diamonds and emeralds. Diameter approximately 45 cms, accompanied by fitted vintage red morocco box, bearing the gilt coat of arms of Chesterfield, Earls of Scudamore-Stanhope. The prestigious and influential Scudamore-Stanhope family prroduced statesmen, prime ministers as well as scientists over the centuries. The female members of this family - often portraited wearing luxurious jewels - include the great traveller Hester Lucy Stanhope (1779-1839). Lady Hester was the eldest daughter of Charles Stanhope, the 3rd Earl of Stanhope, and one of the first aristocratic women to travel extensively throughout the Orient. Known as the Queen of Palmyra, by 1813 she had settled with a small entourage at Mount Lebanon in Syria, where she spent her remaining years living in Oriental style.