Inshiniya of the Order of Christ. Rococco c 1780, Portugal, gold, silver, diamond, ruby, emerald. The Order of Christ founded 1532 as the prestigious rank of Portugal, which was intended to involve the authority dedicated to the royal family with limited to Roman Catholics.
A magnificent, large, diamond-set enamelled gold Portrait of Muhammad Shah Qajar (r. 1834-48) Persia, circa 1835-40, the oval medallion enamelled in polychrome & inlaid with gold, depicting the Shah with head turned, wearing a crimson robe with pearl-encrusted collar, his turban with an elaborate diamond-set sarpech, the robe with diamond ornaments on the shoulders…set into an elaborate gold frame with diamond-set green & red enamelled flowers; 10.1 x 8 cm. Price realized $187,184
Silver and gold badge of the Order of Christ, the diamond cross in a paved ruby surround expanded at the ends hangs from a diamond bowknot ribbons meeting at a ruby heart, weeping diamond tears. Symbolic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, surrounded by an emerald crown of thorns, surmounted by a small diamond cross. Portuguese, c. 1780
A QAJAR GOLD AND ENAMELLED GEM-SET TURBAN ORNAMENT, PERSIA OR GUJARAT, 19TH CENTURY. of oval form with an openwork floral medallion set with a large emerald and cut diamond petals surrounded by gem-set floral and foliate forms the curling crest surmounted with a half rosette and seed pearl and emerald fringing, the reverse enamelled with flowerheads, buds and scrolling vegetation, the rosette reverse with sun motif, suspension loops to reverse. 18.5cm.
Circa 1780. This badge is something reminiscent of the Order of Christ of Portugal, but its authority is one that is dedicated to (1734-1816) King Portuguese Queen Maria. Heart of ruby mounted in settings of silver and gold are tears of diamond, crown of thorns by emerald surrounds it, and diamond cross fire of ruby are crowned.
Gold, silver, enamel, rock crystal, diamond, ruby and emerald oval pendant, hanging from rose diamond love trophy of Cupid's wedding torch and quiver of arrows held by a suspension loop. The centre of the rock crystal is encrusted with two rose diamond turtle doves in flight with an emerald and ruby branch of myrtle leaves and berries between them...