15 February 2017

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
Isn't this an interesting tiara?



It's a very close reproduction of this one, which appears to have been sold by Symbolic & Chase recently. (blog post with image)



The really interesting thing to me is the date. Wouldn't you think it's an Art Deco tiara? So very 1920, that starburst and those clean lines? Nuh-uh. It's circa 1890. Cool!

Of course, since tiaras are intrinsically valuable and not always easy to refashion, this was very likely worn in the 1920s as well. It would be fabulous with a robe de style, as well as with a high hairstyle like Princess Alexandra.

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