Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo,
Queen of Spain,
Duchess of Aosta.

A Musy tiara formerly owned by Princess Maria Vittoria del Pozzo, Duchess of Aosta and Queen of Spain from 1870 until 1873, will go on the auction block at Sotheby’s in Geneva on 11 May. The tiara is estimated to sell for anywhere between $1 million and $1.5 million. Due to its royal provenance, it is highly possible and likely that the piece will fetch a much higher price.

The Musy tiara.
Photograph (c) Sotheby’s.

Following is an abbreviated portion of the history that Sotheby’s provides about the Musy tiara, which can also be worn as a necklace: 

One of the most important tiaras to appear at auction in recent years, this royal tiara dates to the second half of the 19th century. Steeped in the rich history of the House of Savoy, this tiara hails an extraordinary provenance. Likely to have been presented to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo in 1867 as a wedding gift on the occasion of her marriage to Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, later elected King of Spain as Amadeo I (1870- 1873), the tiara, which has remained with the family for over 150 years, is believed to have been created by Musy Padre e Figli – Court Jeweller of Turin, and one of the oldest goldsmiths in Europe. 

To learn more about the Musy tiara, and to place a bid if you are so inclined, please visit Sotheby’s listing: Musy | Magnificent and Historic Natural pearl and diamond tiara/necklace, second half of the 19th century

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