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Blockbuster movie Napoleon reignites thriller over his spouse Josephine’s misplaced jewelry: Hunt for necklace and tiara worn by the empress through the imperial coronation of 1804

Blockbuster movie Napoleon reignites thriller over his spouse Josephine’s misplaced jewelry: Hunt for necklace and tiara worn by the empress through the imperial coronation of 1804
Blockbuster movie Napoleon reignites thriller over his spouse Josephine’s misplaced jewelry: Hunt for necklace and tiara worn by the empress through the imperial coronation of 1804


The blockbuster movie Napoleon has reignited a thriller over his spouse Josephine’s misplaced jewelry.

A necklace and tiara mentioned to have been worn by the glamorous empress had been dealt with and offered by the Harrogate-based household jewelry agency Ogden through the Nineteen Thirties.

However no person is aware of the place these magnificent and historic items of jewelry are as we speak.

‘It will be actually attention-grabbing to search out out what occurred to them,’ mentioned co-owner Robert Ogden, who together with brother Ben is the fifth technology to run the household agency.

Josephine Bonaparte’s diamond necklace was purchased in 1933 by their nice uncle Captain William Ogden.

The diamond tiara was mentioned to have been made for Josephine – performed by Vanessa Kirby on the massive display – for the imperial coronation of 1804

The blockbuster film Napoleon has reignited a mystery over his wife Josephine's lost jewellery. A necklace and tiara (pictured) said to have been worn by the glamorous empress were handled and sold by the Harrogate-based family jewellery firm Ogden during the 1930s

The blockbuster movie Napoleon has reignited a thriller over his spouse Josephine’s misplaced jewelry. A necklace and tiara (pictured) mentioned to have been worn by the glamorous empress had been dealt with and offered by the Harrogate-based household jewelry agency Ogden through the Nineteen Thirties

A newspaper reducing from 22 December of that yr data the necklace was purchased at a ‘worth which was not divulged, however which is alleged to run into 1000’s of kilos.’

The Every day Mirror article quoted a member of the Ogden household agency saying ‘it’s a fantastic vary of diamonds of fantastic color, and they’re within the previous gold setting of the interval. They’re in a crimson leather-based case with a crown engraved and the preliminary J beneath.’

An additional press reducing states the necklace was purchased from a ‘French supply’ in London.

Captain Ogden’s supervisor KC Drayson mentioned on the time: ‘There is no such thing as a doubt that it was given to her by Napoleon. Negotiations have been happening for a while and the necklace was introduced from France some weeks in the past.’

Talking to Mailonline, Mr Ogden, 51, mentioned ‘that is the place the story runs out.’ 

He mentioned the necklace ‘would definitely have been offered on from Ogden’s and would have been a non-public sale moderately than an public sale.’

There is no such thing as a {photograph} of the diamond necklace, however there may be of a surprising tiara that additionally featured in Ridley Scott’s biopic movie now taking part in in cinemas throughout the nation.

It was studded with 1,040 diamonds and weighed over 250 carats.

The diamond tiara was mentioned to have been made for Josephine – performed by Vanessa Kirby on the massive display – for the imperial coronation of 1804.

Joaquin Phoenix's Napoleon is seen crowning Kirby's Josephine in a depiction of the imperial coronation in 1804

Joaquin Phoenix’s Napoleon is seen crowning Kirby’s Josephine in an outline of the imperial coronation in 1804

It got here into the possession of the London department of the Ogden agency within the Nineteen Thirties.

An area historian recorded it was offered to a ‘woman of title’ to be worn at George V1’s coronation in 1937.

Mr Ogden mentioned the aristocratic purchaser was reportedly Sir Robert Mond, a British chemist and archaeologist.

James R Ogden, who based the agency in 1893, was an Egyptologist and that ‘could clarify the connection.’

Sir Robert died in 1938 and his widow Marie-Louise offered the diadem to the posh jewelry firm Van Cleef & Arpels in 1948.

It was promoted by the agency as a ‘reward’ from Napoleon to his spouse Josephine and featured on an organization advert.

Certainly, the tiara was leant to Princess Grace of Monaco, who wore it to the Century Ball, celebrating the one centesimal anniversary of Monte Carlo in Could 1966.

Rose Kennedy, the mom of President John F Kennedy, additionally borrowed the tiara.

In 1969 the tiara featured in a significant Paris exhibition to mark the 2 hundredth anniversary of Napoleon’s delivery.

Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon in Ridley Scott's drama

Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon in Ridley Scott’s drama

Ogden is based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and is still run by the same family

Ogden is predicated in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and continues to be run by the identical household 

'It would be really interesting to find out what happened to them,' said co-owner Robert Ogden, who along with brother Ben is the fifth generation to run the family firm. Josephine Bonaparte's diamond necklace was bought in 1933 by their great uncle Captain William Ogden. Above: The brothers with a portrait of their ancestor

‘It will be actually attention-grabbing to search out out what occurred to them,’ mentioned co-owner Robert Ogden, who together with brother Ben is the fifth technology to run the household agency. Josephine Bonaparte’s diamond necklace was purchased in 1933 by their nice uncle Captain William Ogden. Above: The brothers with a portrait of their ancestor

Napoleon ruled France and controlled much of Europe  from 1804 until he was conclusively defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

Napoleon dominated France and managed a lot of Europe  from 1804 till he was conclusively defeated on the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

The well-known tiara ultimately left the agency’s assortment, however the place it has gone shouldn’t be recognized.

Nevertheless, there may be now doubt as as to whether this tiara actually did belong to Josephine. A French historian famous it does not seem on inventories of the household jewels and differs from the one on Josephine’s head in a coronation portray by Jacques-Louis David and commissioned by Napoleon.

The portray is alleged to have taken a number of years to finish and far of it was completed from reminiscence.

It was definitely the one on which the movie makers modelled their coronation jewelry on for the Napoleon movie.

Regardless of the reality of its origins, the Ogden household is determined to find what has occurred to the 2 historic items that handed via their agency many a long time in the past.

‘We might love to search out out what occurred to each of them,’ mentioned Mr Ogden.

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