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Grand Dukes and Diamonds
(Excerpts) by Raleigh Trevelyan

Simon Simche Porges, a descendant of Rabbi Israel Naphtali Hirsch Porges ( b. Prague 1570, d. Prague 1639 ), had 5 children :
Jonas Simon Porges (see below)
Dawid Porges 
Rebeka Porges
Markus Mayer Porges
( b. 1770, d. Prague 26/02/1838 ) ; 
Joseph Simon Porges
( b. 1777 )
        (-> his son : Joseph simon Porges -> his son Simon Josef Porges, see his page : Family of Simon Porges)


  Jonas Simon Porges (Prague, b. ca 1770, d. Prague 23/07/1838) Merchant "Großhändler", married Eva Fürth
             

Simon Porges (b. Prague 18/08/1798, d. Vienna 08/02/1870. Merchant "Großhändler" in Vienna.
- married (1) 16/07/1826 Anna Reitlinger (b. 1808, d. Vienna 17/06/1840),
  daughter of Moses Reitlinger, merchant in Vienna, and Veronica Leidesdorf
- married (2) Rosalie Wertheimer (d. 1881)
He lived in Wien, Austria at the following locations :
1826 at Stadt 745, 1834 at Stadt 752, 1836 at Stadt 648, and in 1859 at Stadt 751.
He was buried in the Wahringer Cemetery in Grave 354, Row 5, Group Number 28b.
Children with (1) Anna Reitlinger :

Edouard Porges (b. Vienna 31/12/1834, d. Vienna 25/01/1855)

Charles (Carl) Porges (b. Vienna 18/02/1836, d. Paris 01/04/1906)


(N° 512 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
Il fait des études scientifiques et obtient le grade de Docteur ès Sciences de l'Université de Heidelberg.
En 1860, quelques mois après son mariage avec Hélène Schnapper, il s'établit en France, où naîtront ses trois filles, Adèle (1860), Virginie (1864) et Clarisse (1868). Il devient citoyen français en 1877.
En France, il fera une carrière de banquier et d'homme d'affaires.
Il sera notamment Président de la Compagnie Continentale Edison et administrateur de la Compagnie Le Diamant à Kimberley (Afrique du Sud) fondée par un de ses cousins, Jules Porgès, installé comme lui en France.
Un autre de ses cousins, Théodore Porgès, fera aussi une carrière de banquier en France, après quelques années passées à Londres.
Il était également proche d'hommes politiques républicains de premier plan, dont Léon Gambetta.
Sa fille aînée épousera un jeune avocat qui deviendra député puis sénateur, Ferdinand Dreyfus.
Sa troisième fille épousera un jeune professeur agrégé, devenu journaliste et écrivain, qui s'était notamment signalé par ses prises de positions dreyfusardes, André Chevrillon.
Il mourut à Paris, en 1906, au cours d'une promenade dans le Jardin du Luxembourg en compagnie d'une de ses filles.
C'était le premier avril. Il s'assit sur un banc, s'assoupit, et ne se releva plus.
Qui ne souhaiterait de quitter ce monde d'une façon aussi paisible dans un cadre aussi beau ?

Docteur ès-Sciences University of Heidelberg, Banker, President Cie Continentale Edison,
"Administrateur de la République Française" under Pdt Gambetta,
Administrateur Compagnie Le Diamant in Kimberley (S. Africa) ca 1880,
married (15/11/1859) Hélène Schnapper (b. Vienna 20/12/1829, d. Paris 10/09/1906)

Adèle Porgès (b. Paris 05/10/1860, d. Paris 02/1917)
married (Paris 8) Ferdinand Dreyfus (b. Paris 05/05/1849, d. Paris 15/07/1915) lawyer,
député then sénateur of Seine & Oise, historian, economist (brother of Gaston Dreyfus, banker)

Jacques Ferdinand-Dreyfus
(b. Paris 08/12/1884, d. Auschwitz 05/08/1943)
Actuary, founder and first manager of "Assurances Sociales",
married (Paris 8, 26/05/1908) Amélie Mayer (1888-1969)

Geneviève Ferdinand-Dreyfus (b. 02/02/1917, d. 22/01/1947)
          married Aron
Daniel Ferdinand-Dreyfus (b. 03/04/1919, d. Paris 22/08/1944)
        during the Paris liberation fights)

Françoise Ferdinand-Dreyfus (b. 1922), Professor of mathematics

Renée Ferdinand-Dreyfus (b. 1927), librarian

Claudine Ferdinand-Dreyfus (b. 1933, d. 03/02/2010)
married (1953) Chimen Gerstenkorn (b. 1929) physicist at CNRTS,
Talmudic professor

Anne Gerstenkorn (b. 1954),
Nadia Gerstenkorn (b. 1956)
Jacques Gerstenkorn (b. 1959)
professor of movie history at Lyons (France) University

Charles Ferdinand-Dreyfus
(b. Paris 14/01/1888, d. Auschwitz 28/09/1942) Founder and manager of the agricultural apprencticeship farmin Sovay (S & O), married (06/07/1910) Germaine Behrendt

Virginie Hélène Porgès (b. Paris 11/02/1864)
married (1891) Albert Wahl (b. 1860), divorced in 1903

Clarisse Julie Porgès (b. Paris 15/06/1868, d. Paris 09/01/1952)
married (Paris 8, 8/5/1901) André Chevrillon (b. 1864, d. 1950's).
Writer, Member of Académie Française

Pierre Chevrillon
Antoinette Chevrillon married Paul Fabre who remarried his sister in law : Claire Chevrillon

Mathilde Porges* (b. Vienna 01/02/1838, d. 13/12/1910),
(N° 755 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community) married (Vienna 07/10/1855)
Karl (Charles) Auspitz von Artenegg* (b. Vienna 04/11/1824, d. Gastein Austria, 18/08/1912)
Link to the AUSPITZ family tree

Stefan Auspitz von Artenegg (died 1945 in Theresienstadt)

Anna Auspitz von Artenegg (b. Hietzing-Vienna 17/12/1863) married to :
(1) 07/10/1894 : Adolf Freiherr (Baron) von Odelga (b. Vienna 21/08/1851, d. 16/04/1915)
(2) 15/03/1920 : Franz Freiherr (Baron) von Riedenau (b. Vienna 18/10/1868, d. 14/05/1943)

Theodor Auspitz Edler von Artenegg* (b. Vienna 23/3/1861, d. 1939)
          married (Vienna 28/05/1901) Angela "Ella" Leitner* (b. graz Austria 17/03/1873, d. 1945)

Felicie Auspitz Edle von Artenegg* (b. 1902, d. 1993) married von Baratta-Dragono
Lillian Auspitz von Artenegg (b. 1904, d. 1978)
Elisabeth Auspitz von Artenegg* (b. 1907, d. 1982)

* underlined persons are buried in the same grave at Vienna's Doebling cemetery
on the former Israelitic section group 1 tomb 16 (I/1/16). The grave is mentioned in an illustrated book about this graveyard. (source : Christoph Libisch, 2002)

Siegfried Porges (b. Vienna 06/06/1848, d. Vienna 20/07/1948)
        (N° 1B on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)

Efraïm Porges (b. Prag 1803, d. Vienna 24/08/1866)
married 04/11/1832 Nanette (Anna) Nina Todesko (b. 06/05/1815, d. Vienna 20/12/1853)

Franziska (Fanny) Porges (b. Vienna 27/10/1833) (N° 343 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
married 17/06/1850 Ferdinand Philipp Wertheimer

Philipp David Wertheimer (b. 06/08/1851, d. Vienna 22/05/1911) married his cousin Franziska Löwenstein in Vienna. Children : Anna Schiff, Dr. Emilie Jelinek, Gabriele Weisweiller.

Julius V. Wertheimer (b. 06/09/1853, d. Vienna 22/05/1911), married Karoline Bartoch.
        Children :  Egon Ranshofen-Wertheimer, Margaret Wertheimer , Otto Wertheimer

Emilia Von Ephrussi Porgès (in the salon of Palais Ephrussi, Vienna)
(b. Vienna 20/01/1836, d. Vichy France 10/09/1900)
(N° 515 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
married in Vienna 11/11/1855 Ignaz Ephrussi (seit 12/9/1871 Ritter von)
(b. Odessa 16/03/1829, d. Vienna 31/05/1899),
son of Joachim Ephrussi (b. Odessa 1792, d. Vienna 24/11/1864), banker in Odessa.
Some members of the family lived in France : Maurice Ephrussi was married to
Béatrice de Rothschild who built the now famous Villa Ephrussi Rothschild in St Jean Cap  Ferrat (France)
An interesting read - "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal - tells the story of the Ephrussi/Porges family.

Stefan Von Ephrussi (b. Vienna 28/08/1856)
Anna Von Ephrussi (b. Odessa 08/04/1859, Kath., d. Vienna ) married Herz Hertzenried
Ritter Viktor Tascha von Ephrussi
(b. Odessa 08/11/1860, d. Tunbridge, Kent, UK, 06/02/1945), ennobled in 1872, founder of the Ephrussi bank.
married Emmy Henriette Schey von Koromla (b. Linz 09/07/1879,  d. Kövecses CZ 1938).
Descendants live in UK, USA, Mexico, Japan.
Children : Gisela Emilie Bauer , Ignaz Leo Karl Ephrussi , Rudolph J. Ephrussi, Elisabeth de Waal (mther of Very Rev. Victor ALexander Lowndes de Waal, anglican priest and Dean of Canterbury, grand-mother of Edmund Arthur Lowndes de Waal author of "The Hare with the Amber Eyes")

Sophia Porges (b. Vienna 21/05/1837, d. Vienna 05/06/1938)
(N° 656 in the Jewish community birth register of Vienna)

Friederike Porges (b. Vienna 02/08/1839, d. Vienna 22/06/1904)
(N° 943 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
married Max Th. Schiff (b. Frankfurt 1839), banker.

Paul Schiff (b. 19/04/1863, d. 07/07/1911)
Robert Schiff (b. Vienna 25/04/1864)
Anna Schiff (b. Vienna 16/08/1865) married Robert Levi, Italian Marine Officer
Maria Henriette Schiff (b. Vienna 08/02/1868)
Emmy Schiff (b. Vienna 27/03/1871)

Bertha Porges (b. 29/7/1841) (N° 1229 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
married in Vienna 19/04/1863 Giacomo Hakim (b. 11/10/1833), banker in Alexandria (Egypt),
son of Guiseppo Hakim and Allegra Pinto.

Adrienne Hakim (b. Vienna 10/01/1876, d. 1960?)
married 02/02/1897 August Wärndorfer (b. Vienna 30/03/1865, d. 1940?)

Théodore Porges (b. Vienna 03/09/1843, d. Paris 03/11/1907, buried Père Lachaise, Paris),
partner in Bank Porges & Ephrussi, (#1552 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
married in 1876 Mathilde Betty Weissweiller (b. Vienna 1855, d. Paris 04/05/1897, in the fire of
the Bazar de la Charité), daughter of Baron de Weisweller (b. Frankfurt 1813, d. Paris 13/01/1890)

[Related to the wife of Baron Henri de Rothschild. He represented the Rothschild bank in Madrid].
She was (Lord) "Natty" Rothschild's niece by marriage.
The Weisweillers had originally put up money for Théodore Porgès' firm,
and perhaps Jules Porgès' diamond business.

Mrs Jules Porges
Mrs Théodore Porgès, photo by Nadar
mathilde porges


click here to access the Porges Weisweiller Capron photo album

Robert Léon Ferdinand Théodore Porgès
(b. Paris 05/06/1885, d. 31/03/1946 buried Père Lachaise, Paris),
married 14/08/1913 and divorced Camille Havequez.

Philippe Théodore Daniel Edmond Porgès
(b. 18/02/1914, d. Mauthausen deportation 25/08/1944). No children.

Jacques Robert Max Porgès
(b. Paris 06/05/1916, d. for France in Geneina Sudan 02/02/1941). No children.

Isabelle Fanny Louise Porgès (b. London 19/11/1879, d. Palacio Scarperia Italy 16/05/1958),
Princesse Borghese, married 29/04/1901 Don Marco Borghese (1875-1942),
descendant of Philippe Le Beau (see the Borghese genealogy below)
Children :  Scipione Borghese, Don Paolo dei Principi Borghese dei Duchi di Bornazzo, Giuseppe Borghese, Giovanni Borghese

Anna Adeline "Anita" Porgès, Comtesse Foy,
(b. Hanover UK 05/08/1877, d. Geneva 14/05/1948, buried Père Lachaise cemetery Paris) married @ St Philippe du Roule Church Paris 05/04/1899 Comte Antoine Fernand Henri Maximilien Foy. 
Divorced 28/07/1908.

Maximilien Sébastien Foy (b. Paris 17/04/1900 Paris, d. Neuilly sur Seine 11/11/1967, ).
        Married Elvire POPESCO, French actress of Romania origin.

Isabelle Mathilde Foy, (b. Paris 05/04/1903 , d. Monaco 07/03/1976). Not married.


Flower parade in Cannes (18/03/1920)
Isabelle FOY, Marcelle CAPRON (1893-1986),
Robert VINCENT (1908-1977)

Renée Wilhelmine Julie Porgès, Vicomtesse de Jonghe
(b. Paris 05/04/1882, d. Chateau Fontaine Belgium 06/1965),
married Vicomte Eugène Baudoin Charles Marie Ghislain DE JONGHE.
Children :
Vicomte Baudoin DE JONGHE (1906-1975),
Vicomtesse Mathilde DE JONGHE (b. Brussels 18/05/1909) married Comte René BOËL,
Vicomtesse Yseult DE JONGHE (b. Brussels 1911)

Edmond Daniel Porgès (b. London 09/11/1878, d. Lausanne 18/03/1941)
major in the British Forces 1914-18,
married in Paris 11/09/1906 Marie-Mathilde "Macha" Brodsky (b. Kiev 05/03/1888, d. Monaco 1978).
Their Paris town house (11 avenue de Friedland), their art collections and stocks were seized
by the French Authorities during the German occupation in 1941, 1942 and 1943.
"La succession d'Edmond Porgès a été saisie pendant la guerre et mise sous administration provisoire
des Domaines de la Seine par Arrêté du 24 Juin1942, publié au J.O. du 26 Décembre 1942."
Further details on this spoliation, click here.
They lived in London during WWII then settled in Monaco.



Edmond PORGES (1901)

Edmond PORGES and his aunt Adela de WEISWEILLER (1845-1925)

Edmond PORGES driving his Panhard at Château de Passin
Source : Frédéric Vincent (2004) great grand-nephew of Adela de WEISWEILLER
and grand-son of Charles Vincent (1876-1964) who took the above photographs.


"Edmond Porgès. Quel chameau ce Sem."
Caricature by Georges Goursat a.k.a. Sem (1863-1934).
Lithograph , from the series "le nouveau monde", Ca 1920

Michel Théodore Robert Edmond Porgès
(b. 04/08/1908 Val St Germain France, d. USA august 1999)
Banker in New York City
        "I live in New York since 1940. Served with the Free French Forces
        1943 to 1945. Member New york Stock Exchange 1953 to 1964 and
        still working in Wall Street (V.P. , Shearson, Lehman brothers).
        Married and divorced Dolores Neubauer.
        Married and divorced Leda Coumantaros (mother of my two children)."
        (letter of may 1, 1993)

Charles-Edmond Porges (lives in Oakland CA)

Ionas Porges (b. USA)

Theodore Porges (b. USA)

Anne Marie Helene Porges Sheeter, lives in Hines, Oregon; children : Paul & Catherine

 Florence Mathilde Adeline Violet Porgès (Lady Packer),
(b. Paris 1915, d. Monaco 22/12/2012)
Married (27/10/1937) and divorced Robert Wigram Crawford in London
Married (1945) and divorced Noël Vincent in New York City
Married (Wesminster 1964) Press magnate Sir Douglas Franck Hewson Packer
(b. 1906, d. 1974), owner of Australian Consolidated Press
Lady Packer was Australian and lived in Sydney and Monaco.



Theresa Franckel (Porges) (b.ca 1809, d. Baden Austria 18/071901) married Hermann Franckel

Barbara "Babette" Kalmus (Porges) (b. ca 1805, d. Vienna 03/12/1844)

Marie Miriam Pappenheim (Porges) b. Bratislava 1814, d. Vienna 26/04/1869)

Caroline Hirsch (Porges) (b. Prague 1803, d. 1870)

Wilhelm Wolf Porges
(b. Prague 01/02/1808, d. Vienna 26/08/1882)
married Katharina Reitlinger (b. ca 1812, d. Vienna 23/09/1891) daughter of Moses Reitlinger

Maurice (Moritz) Porges (b. 1798, d. Vienna 08/02/1870) or ? (b. Prague 1794, d. Karlovy Vary Cz 03/06/1852)
married Henriette Reitlinger (b. 1804, d. London 26/09/1871), daughter of Moses Reitlinger, merchant in Vienna

Henri (Heinrich) Porges (b. Vienna 03/07/1828, d. Paris 1901),
(N° 88 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
buried at the cemetery of Rochefort en Yvelines (France), lived 16 rue François 1er in Paris.
Pauline Porges (b. Vienna 17/12/1829, d. ??), (#151 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
Rosa Porges (b. Vienna 22/11/1830, d. ?? Paris 27/06/1900),
married??? David Gerson (b. 1815, d. Paris 1900). Son ??: Louis Gerson (d. Paris 01/12/1931)
(#195 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
There is "Rose Gerson, née Porges", buried at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, who might be the same person.
Sigismond (Sigmund, Siegismund) Porges (b. Vienna 07/03/1834, d. ??),
(N° 360 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
First to climb the Mönch mountain in 1857. Banker in Vienna ?

 Jules (Julius) Porgès (b. Vienna 25/05/1839 d. Paris 20/09/1921)
(N° 917 on the birth registry of Vienna's Jewish community)
(his French citizenship certificate, dated 1915, mentions : "he is the son of Maurice (Moritz) Porges, trader, and
Henriette Reitlinger ; he had two brothers, one who was a banker in Vienna,
the other lived in Paris, 16 rue François 1er.)
married Rose-Anne "Anna" Wodianer (b. Vienna 08/07/1854, d. Kallwang, Austria 22/09/1937)
She was granted the French nationality on february 5, 1898.
Diamond magnate and prominent art collector.
His mining business became the DeBeers Company.
Click here to read his biography.

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Jules Porgès


Jules Porgès & family, at home in Château de Rochefort

Jules Porgès (1839-1921) with wife Anna and daughter
Source :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jules_Porgès00.jpg & Barloworld

 

Henriette Hélène "Elly" Porgès (b. 04/07/1878 Baden Austria, d. 1946)
married René Marquis de la Ferté Meun (b. 1870, d. 1946)
She sponsored a Prize of Poetry at Académie Française de Paris
(Prix Hélène Porgès (philosophie) Prix quadriennal créé en 1922,

As reported by Yad Vashem, Henriette Porgès has been nominated in 2005 Juste de France for her righteous actions during WWII.
LES JUSTES DE FRANCE > Tous les Justes de France > Dossier n° 1058
" The Felzen family left Poland for France in 1910. They had three children: Albertine, Henri and Pauline. Mr Felsen volunteered during the First World War. In 1920, the family became French citizens and bought a cafe in 6th arrondissement of Paris.
In 1941, Albertine was arrested by the police but as a French national was subsequently released. Her husband managed to escape, taking shelter with non-Jewish friends and then fleeing into non-occupied France.
In 1942, Albertine, aware of the growing threat, abandoned everything and fled into non-occupied France with her three-year-old daughter Nicole.
There she rejoined her family in the Indre where they were sheltered by the Marquis Eugène de la Ferté, the mayor of the village of Maron, and his wife. The couple, recognizing the Felzens' destitution, found them shelter, bedding, blankets, food and heating.
The Felzons were not the only family protected by the mayor and his wife; they also cared for the Halkin and Pinszowski families. Their generosity was unflagging. At great risk to their own safety, they not only helped but saved 15 members of a single family."
Source : http://www.yadvashem-france.org/justes-france/?mode=detail&number=10583

Renée de la Ferté Meun (b. Paris 22/07/1903, 16/07/1995)
married Vital Comte de Gontaut Biron (b. 1904, d. 1928)

Elizabeth (b. 1928), married Michel Comte de la Forest Divonne (b. 1923)

Children : Véronique (1952)
married Emmanuel Comte de La Forest Divonne (b. 1951)
4 children, Pierre-Louis (b. 1958), Vital (b. 1960, d. 1997)

Louis-Antoine Comte de Gontaut Biron (b. 1927)
married Isabelle de Pontac (b. 1933)

4 children : Christophe (b. 1966),
Sibylle (b. 1967),
Alexandra (b. 1969), Géraud (b. 1972)

Anne de la Ferté Meun (b. Paris 06/05/1901, d. Vendôme 1984)
married Arnaud Marquis de Gontaut Biron (b. 17/08/1897, d. 1985))

François Marquis de Gontaut Biron (b. 1927)
married Huguette de Pontac (b. 1930).
Château de Courtalain (28).

Anne-Charles (b. 1963)
married Aude Azéma de Castet La Boulbène;
children : Armand (b. 1992), Arnaud (b. 1993)

Marie-Antoinette de Gontaut Biron (b. 1925, d. 2003)
married Jean-Guy de Wael (b. 19/10/1936)

Arnaud (b. 1962)
married Anne Mollard (b. 1963)
Son : Thomas (b. 1993) lives in Germany (2007)

Sources :
Florence Porges (Lady Packer) (Monaco, Australia)
Michel Porges (New York)
Comte Michel de la Forest Divonne (Paris)
Mr Pierre-André Meyer ( Paris)
The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (from the Paul Diamant collection)1993

Martyrologie du Bazar de la Charité, by Pierre NICOLAS, Paris 2000


Siegismund Porges

MonchMönch, whose name means monk, is a monumental mountain, part of the great north wall of the Bernese Oberland. It is the central summit of the three famous mountains on this crest, with Jungfrau (13,642 ft.) to its west and Eiger (13,025 ft.) to its east. Though Mönch is a serious mountain of snow and ice, it offers a relatively straightforward ascent, compared to its steep neighbors. Today railways take tourists near the summits of these mountains, and the Jungfraujoch Hotel (11,412 ft./ 3478 m.) has been built into the col that separates Jungfrau and Mönch.
Elevation 13,448 feet, 4,099 meters

Year First Climbed : 1857
First Climber(s): Siegismund Porges, Ulrich Almer, Christian Almer, Christian Kaufmann

Source : https://www.peakware.com/peaks.php?pk=182


Lady Packer

née Florence Porges


Glamorous sight in post-war Sydney ... Florence Packer, in 1974
and in 1950 when Noel Vincent's wife

 

British Vogue hailed her beauty at her coming out party in 1935; Cecil Beaton was taken by her; Karl Lagerfeld was wowed by her style; she attracted three husbands; and her arrival in Sydney just after the war sparked enormous interest. But it was as Florence Packer, the wife of the buccaneering press baron Sir Frank Packer for a decade, and his widow for nearly four, that she will be best remembered.
She was born Florence Mathilde Adeline Violet Porges in Paris on June 22, 1915, but she was not really French at all - her mother, Marie-Mathilde Brodsky (Macha), was Russian, while her father, Edmond Porges, a banker, was British.
The Porges were Jewish but secular ones. ''The only time we went to the synagogue,'' Florence recalled, ''was for Rothschild weddings and funerals''.
She recalled wonderful children's parties held by Andre Citroen for his daughter Jacqueline (a contemporary of Florence) and remembered once catching a boat along the Seine and seeing the Eiffel Tower illuminated by Citroen especially for his daughter.
Macha Porges was very social. When one of her staff told her ''la duchesse had called'', she asked ''which one?'' In Monaco, Florence was, for decades, a friend and neighbour of French-born Nicole Milinaire, duchess of Bedford, the a
uthor of Nicole Nobody. The marquis Boni de Castellane, an intimate of Proust, used to help Macha decorate her parties.

Source : http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/social-butterfly-flew-so-high-20130101-2c41s.html

Florence's nanny was Irish, which meant she was bilingual from the start. She never quite mastered the letter ''r'', giving it - rather like Marlene Dietrich - a beguiling softness.
She had governesses but young Florence wanted to go to school, so she took her nanny down to the nearby girls' school, Cours Victor Hugo, and asked them to ask her parents if she could go, like her Rothschild friends. And so she did, gaining her baccalaureate at 16 before studying at the Louvre.
She came out in 1935 - the Porges invited 250 people and the Ballets Russes performed in the back garden where a stage had been constructed. British Vogue covered the event.
In October 1937, Florence wed Robert Wigram Crawford - very good looking, already divorced and twice her age. Her father was furious and would not attend the wedding. They had a place in Eaton Square.
She left Crawford in 1940 and went to Paris. It was about to fall to the Germans, so she dragged her mother away in a tiny car. Florence's maternal aunt and cousin stayed and were never seen again. The Porges house, their art collections and stocks were seized under Vichy in 1941, 1942 and 1943.
Florence and her mother reached one of the ports, caught a ship with the King of Albania and got to Britain. They had nothing but luckily her father had money there and her mother knew the governor of the Bank of England and some funds were released. Edmond Porges had gone to Lausanne and died there in 1941.
She was in the press office of the Free French and welcomed emigres from the Continent.
Towards the end of the war, Florence met Noel Vincent and his friend Frank Packer. After a brief spell in Paris, she went to New York where she and Vincent married - in 1946. He was a commander, had two Distinguished Flying Crosses and much property in NSW. While neither charismatic nor a conversationalist, he was said to be one of the handsomest men in the country.
They came to Sydney via Auckland. Florence recalled: ''There was a drought, so we couldn't have a bath. We drove around Auckland for an hour - not a pretty woman or a pretty house in sight.''
As the ship entered the heads, the spirited young reporter Georgie Swift clambered up the side to interview her. Mrs Tom Vincent (a sister-in-law) met them at Circular Quay, then they were off to Mrs Ernest Watt's for a reception. Post-war Sydney was agog at this impossibly glamorous creature in their midst.
Vincent had ''Wee Jasper'', a historic property at Yass, once owned by Banjo Paterson. ''But it was too too far from Sydney. So we sold it and bought Invergowrie'' (Sir Cecil Hoskins's beautiful house and garden in the southern highlands).
Although Vincent could not be aide-de-camp to the governor because he had married a divorcee, the couple nevertheless led an energetic social life. And who better than Florence to compere David Jones's launch of Dior's drop-dead ''New Look'' in 1948? As Valerie Lawson wrote in Connie Sweetheart: '''The Herald's reporter thought the parade was compered amusingly by Mrs Noel Vincent, who described the dresses in a sexy French accent.''
She was very fond of Frank Packer's wife, Gretel, and her sister Mary Hordern, two formidably fashionable consorts and matriarchs.
A curious windfall came to Florence in November 1958 when The Sunday Telegraph announced that Florence and Arthur Browning had won the final Teleword competition, sharing the £30,000 prize. The front page photograph did not mention Florence's friendship with the Packers, or the fact Browning was Sir Frank's bookmaker.
Florence's marriage to Vincent ended in 1961 and she again retreated, for a time, to Paris.
In 1964, four years after Gretel's death, a lonely yet much pursued Sir Frank rescued Florence from Paris. They married at Caxton Hall registry on June 15 and he announced their marriage at a press conference at the Savoy. The legendary press baron Lord Beaverbrook had died six days earlier and Sir Frank took the breath away of even the most hardbitten reporters with his quip: ''If only I'd known Lady Beaverbrook was coming on to the market.''
Florence became Lady Packer and chatelaine of Cairnton, the family estate at Bellevue Hill. The memory of her friend and perhaps her husband's aversion to change meant that Cairnton was left more or less as it was.
Sir Frank had a weakness for stray dogs and Florence recalled having as many of five of them in the house. She was clearly fond of Sir Frank and she loved his sense of humour. He explained her absence from one of his America's Cup challenges at Newport by saying: ''Oh, she's making jam.''
After Sir Frank's death in 1974, she returned again to France to care for her indomitable mother. Macha died in 1978 and Florence spent the next three decades alternating between Monaco and Sydney.
She was one of the Australian stars - Dame Joan Sutherland and the Whitlams were the others - who charmed the International Olympic Committee, gathered in Monaco, into giving the 2000 Olympics to Sydney.
Florence entertained them on a boat lent by her stepson Kerry. She returned to Sydney every year until her 90th birthday. Her last visit was also the centenary of Sir Frank's birth. Florence's loyalty and affection for him never wavered and his family valued that.
Life in Monaco revolves around its royal family, the Grimaldis, and Florence was often a guest at the palace. Prince Rainier's father, Pierre de Polignac, had been a great friend of Macha's. His grandson Prince Albert attended a party given by Florence's stepdaughter-in-law, Ros Packer, for her 90th birthday.
Her brother, Michel, a banker in New York, died there in 1999. Her stepson Clyde died in California in 2001; Kerry in Sydney on Boxing Day, 2005. With her parents buried in Lausanne and Paris, Florence called herself ''the madonna of the cemeteries''.
Florence Packer died in Monaco, where Porgeses had lived, played and charmed for more than a century.

Source : http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/private-sydney/genteel-society-loses-a-packer-20121228-2bz9f.html

 

 

Grand Dukes and Diamonds

The Wehrners of Luton Hoo

By Raleigh Trevelyan
Secker & Warburg, London 1991
© Raleigh Trevelyan

To read extensive excerpts of the book, click here.

Offices of Beit and Porges

The second Corner House

The Porges diamond

The Porges Diamond is a Fancy Yellow diamond weighing 78.53 carats and was bought by Harry Winston in 1962 who named it, as a tribute to the French diamond mining pioneer, Jules Porges. Winston mounted the stone so that it may be worn either as a brooch, within a frame set with cabochon-cut emeralds and rubies or as a single stone, set within a simple ring mount. The current owner purchased it from Harry Winston directly in 1968 and as record books indicate, the whereabouts were unknown until now.


Jules Porges (1839-1921), descended from a prominent Austro-Hungarian family, was born in Vienna and was raised in Prague, where his father was a master jeweler. By the 1860s he had settled in Paris where he quickly established himself as a principal force in the diamond trade and founded Jules Porges & Company. Just outside Paris, he built a spectacular château in Rochefort-en-Yvelines for his wife and daughter and his residence in Paris was located on the Avenue Montaigne, where he housed an important art collection, focusing on Dutch masters such as Hals and van Dyck. By the time diamonds were discovered in South Africa, he had amassed a tremendous fortune and was considered the leading diamond merchant in the world. Quickly realizing the potential of these newly discovered mines, he dispatched Alfred Beit and Julius Wernher in 1873 to act as his representatives in this new venture and in 1876, Porges himself arrived in Kimberley, playing the unusual role as both consumer and producer of diamonds. Although he had invested in the mining rights of the four major mines (De Beers, Bultfontein, Dutoitspan, and Kimberley), by 1879 he was almost completely focused on Kimberley and had become a close associate of Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes eventually convinced the French investors to sell their shares to the newly formed De Beers firm. Jules Porges quietly retired in 1890.

The Porges is an Asscher-cut Fancy Yellow diamond, SI1 clarity, and it figured as Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale of April 19th and 20th, 2004. It was Lot 473 in Sale 1362, with an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000 US (sold $769.100 US). The brooch in the photo, created by Harry Winston, is set with Old Mine and Old European cut diamonds in a freeform design around the Porges itself. These are enhanced by scattered cabochon-cut rubies and emerald with a total approximate weight of 23.90 and 15.00 carats, respectively. They are mounted in platinum and yellow gold. According to the text of the auction the piece is accompanied by a gold ring mounting and a screwdriver to transfer the Porges Diamond back and forth. Also included was a Harry Winston black suede case.

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Descendance of Philipe le Beau
Marguerite (Louise) Stéphanie Claire de MARMIER (1807-1888)
x Jacques (Marie) Emmanuel FITZJAMES (1803-1846) 
 +> (Jacqueline) Arabella FITZJAMES (1827-1903)
 |  x Scipione Maria Alessandro Francesco BORGHESE (1823-1892)
 |   +> Isabella Maria Adelaide Margherita SALVIATI (1849-1918)    
 |   |  x Gastone LARDEREL (?-1895)
 |   +> Francesca Saveria SALVIATI (1855-1932)
 |   |  x Francesco d'Assisi Scipione Maria BORGHESE (1847-1926)
 |   |   +> Marco BORGHESE (1875-1942)
 |   |   |  x Isabel Fanny Louise PORGÈS (1879-1958)
 |   |   |   +> Scipione BORGHESE (1903-1918)
 |   |   |   +> Paolo BORGHESE (1904- )
 |   |   |   |  x Anna SCHEIBLER (1907-1932)
 |   |   |   |  .+> Flavia Maria Pia Isabella BORGHESE (1930- )
 |   |   |   |  .|  x Leopoldo de MARTINI di ORTESINO e CORTENUEVA (1909- )
 |   |   |   |  .+> Camilla Maria Antonia Pia BORGHESE (1932- )
 |   |   |   | xx Marcella FAZI (1911- )
 |   |   |   |   +> Francesco Marco Luigi Fabrizio BORGHESE (1938- )
 |   |   |   |   +> Livio Marco Luigi Fabrizio BORGHESE (1938- )
 |   |   |   +> Giuseppe BORGHESE (1906-1938)
 |   |   |   +> Giovanni BORGHESE (1911- 1983)
 |   |   |      x Adriana COLOMBO (1916- )
 |   |   |       +> Marco BORGHESE (1943- )
 |   |   |       |  x Dorothea PAPPAS 
 |   |   |       +> Maria Cristina BORGHESE (1945- )
 |   |   |       |  x Fabrizio CONTI 
 |   |   |       +> Alessandro BORGHESE (1946- )
 |   |   |       +> Guendalina BORGHESE (1949-1957)
 |   |   +> Pio BORGHESE (1877-1919)
 |   |   |  x Pia Diamilla MAGNELLI (1876-1929)
 |   |   |   +> Anna Maria BORGHESE (1916- )
 |   |   |      x Giuseppe SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1907- )
 |   |   |       +> Domenico SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1939- )
 |   |   |       +> Alfonso SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1941- )
 |   |   |       |  x Maria Cristina CARBONELLI de LETINO (1946- )
 |   |   |       |   +> Francesca SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1966- )
 |   |   |       +> Maria Pia SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1944- )
 |   |   |       +> Francesco SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1945- )
 |   |   |       +> Angela SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1947- )
 |   |   |       +> Fabio SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1948- )
 |   |   |       +> Teresa SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1951- )
 |   |   |       +> Andrea SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1954- )
 |   |   |       +> Paola SERLUPI d'ONGRAN (1958- )
 |   |   +> Giulio BORGHESE (1879-1923)
 |   |   |  x Maria Adelaide BASTOGI (1889-?)
 |   |   +> Orazio BORGHESE (1883-1947)
 |   |   |  x Elisa CASARETTO (1883-?)
 |   |   +> Anna Maria BORGHESE (1887-?)
 |   |      x Andrea PROVANA (1877-1937)