Of Royal Descent

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At Sotheby’s, tomorrow, for those interested in royal provenances there will be a sale named Of Royal and Noble Descent, with two lots with a Portuguese connection. A gold and coral demi-parure being sold by descendants of Dom Miguel I of Portugal is a rare piece, but maybe more interesting from an historical point of view, although not as valuable, is a Renaissance style ‘Turmchenuhr’ clock done for his son, Dom Miguel II, dated of 28 April 1888 of Odenburg and bearing the Portuguese royal coat-of-arms surround by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It is possible that it was commissioned as a gift to Dom Miguel of Bragança when he was living in that town of the Austrian Empire and it is a rare object as very few pieces were specifically commissioned by or for the heir of King Dom Miguel.

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