Mrs. Wallis Simpson is one of the most famous female figures in the politics and public life of Europe in the first half of the 20th century. This is a woman for the sake of marriage to which Prince of Wales, Prince Edward VIII, abandoned the British throne in favor of his descendants, having received the title of Duke of Winsdorz from his younger brother-king. She was a conqueror of the hearts of many aristocrats and prominent political figures, not disdaining either age or political convictions thereof: for example, the duchess of Vinzdorskaya’s romance with the figure of the Third Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop, as well as her post-war adventures with young millionaires Jimmy Donahue and A. V. Woolworth.
Her life story is long and amazing, so it’s worth noting only a few facts: after Edward’s abdication, The Times recognized Mrs. Simpson as “the man of the year”; due to suspicions of espionage in favor of Nazi Germany (as it later turned out to be justified), the couple of the Dukes of Windsor were exiled to the Bahamas; at the end of her life, Lady Winsdor wrote a book, “You Can’t Order a Heart,” in which she revealed, perhaps, if not all the secrets of her adventures, then most of them. Continue reading
The famous Italian family of aristocrats and politicians, who became legendary not only in their homeland, but throughout the world, left behind a considerable inheritance. In particular, many of the Medici were obsessed with collecting and understood a lot about elegant objects – paintings, utensils and jewelry. The latter will be discussed.
Little remained after the Medici clan died out: they sold something, plundered something, took it for debts or simply hid it from the eyes of the world in private collections. And the more valuable it becomes every golden item associated with a legendary surname.
One of the main treasures of the collection is a gemma pendant with the image of Girolamo Savonarola, the main enemy of the Medici family. It is made of carnelian and set in blackened silver. Pierrot Medici, nicknamed Gout, was collecting a collection of gems – examining them, he began to feel weaker pain in the joints. But, of course, the Medici collection also included gems depicting members of the genus. For example, a cameo on a sink called “Portrait of Cosimo Medici” encrusted with silver and gold, or an agate cameo in a gold frame “Portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent” by Medici, now stored in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Continue reading