19th century pearl and diamond vineleaf and tassel pendant brooch, probably Italian c.1880, formerly House of Savoy,
naturalisticaly modelled with one principal leaf and a smaller leaf to the right, each set throughout with variously sized cushion cut diamonds, from cut diamond set stems, scrolling tendril detail, five bouton pearls forming the grapes, hung below with a graduating fringe of diamond tassels, each fully articulated and set with a graduated line of diamonds, all mounted in silver and gold.
Thomas Albert Viktor, second duke of Genoa, born in 1854, was taken into care by his uncle King Victor Emanuel II after the early death of his father in 1855 and educated at the Harrow School in London. He was a passionate sportsman and lieutenant commander.
In 1883, he married Isabelle of Bavaria, with whom he had six children. The eldest daughter after two sons was Maria Bona Margherita, born in 1896.
In 1921, Maria Bona Margherita of Savoy married Konrad Luitpold Franz, Prince of Bavaria, in Chateau D�Anglie (Piemonte), where she was also born. She passed away in Rome, in 1971.
The pendant brooch originates from the holdings of this family line.
Length 15cm / 6''
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