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Tilia C. 04-02-2021 02:42 PM

Currently, there seems to be a wave of important tiara auctions. It's a pity to see all these sales, but on the other hand, we wouldn't get these gorgeous photos without the sale.
But I wonder, how comes that Princess Maria Gabriella was the owner of this tiara? It was made for the first Duchess of Aosta, Maria Vittoria. And Maria Gabriella is descended from the main branch of the family, not from the Aosta branch. Or am I overlooking something?

prince.of.preslav 04-02-2021 06:13 PM

Sotheby's have the answer for you, Tilia C.

"The Princess’s three sons, Prince Emanuele Filiberto, future Duke of Aosta (1869-1931), Prince Vittorio Emanuele (1870-1946), Count of Turin, and Prince Luigi Amedeo (1873-1933), Duke of the Abruzzi, would have inherited their mothers jewel collection. Princess Hélène of France, the wife of her eldest son, Emanuele Filiberto, is believed to have never worn the tiara. Therefore, historians assume that it must have gone to one of her other sons, either the Count of Turin or the Duke of the Abruzzi, both of whom died without descendants. It is known that King Umberto II of Italy bought the jewel from one of his cousins to prevent this historic piece from leaving the family collection."

It must've been given/left to Princess Maria Gabriella by her father, who, ironically, bought it so it could stay in the family.

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