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Re: Sutherland Rivière
By tradition, the large diamonds were from the diamond necklace made by Boehmer and Bassange for Madame Dubarry, offered to Marie Antoinette, and stolen by the Comtesse de la Motte, then broken up and sold in London.
This years UK acceptance in lieu scheme includes a diamond rivière from the estate of the late Countess of Sutherland, it’s going to the V&A and is valued at £1.4 million. The set comprises an 18thC necklace, two shorter sections of necklace and a pair of earrings.
Cultural Gifts and Acceptance in Lieu scheme 2022