Portrait of Caroline Murat Bonaparte by Elisabeth vigee LeBrun, 1807
Detail of the Portrait of Caroline Murat Bonaparte by Elisabeth vigee LeBrun, 1807
Realizing that the tiara being worn by Caroline was possibly a headband of some type that wrapped towards the back of her head, I wondered at how it could stay on without many many pins - which is how she must have worn it. Deciding I wanted something a bit easier to put in the hair and that would last for my client, I put it on a tiara base instead.
Tiara - the beauty of this design is that it can be worn up front or in the back of an up-do
Full parure - tiara, belt/sash, necklace, bracelets, and earrings
Belt/Sash - hooks added to the back of the cameo, and at the ends to her gown so as not to put any pressure on the piece and give the illusion of a full belt
Earrings - sterling silver earwires with a white cultured pearl button cabochon and a vintage glass dimpled pearl teardrop
Bracelet clasp detail