Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence - This collection of royal jewels and jewelled objects is set to make auction history in New York this June.
The stunning trove of almost 400 items - dating back over 400 years - represents the most important collection of Royal Indian jewels and Mughal objects ever to come to auction.
See highlights from the collection in London (24-30 April), Shanghai (25-28 April), Geneva (10-14 May), Hong Kong (24-27 May) and New York (10-14 May and 14-18 June) ahead of the sale.
Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence - 19 June at Christie’s New York.
This remarkable emerald weighing 75.61 carats once belonged to Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. The stone was originally a rectangular shape weighing 107.67 carats and later re-cut to a pear-shape to improve its clarity. In 1796 it passed to Tsar Paul I who owned it from 1796 to 1801, then Tsar Alexander I from 1801 to 1825, Tsar Nicholas I 1825 to 1855, Tsar Alexander II 1855 to 1874, Grand Duchess Vladimir 1874 to 1920, Grand Duke Boris 1920 to 1927, Cartier 1927 to 1954, John D Rockefeller Jr from 1964 and then changing hands several times until today in the collection of a distinguished private collector. Estimate $2.3-3.5m. Magnificent Jewels, Geneva 15 May.