A gold and hardstone fringe necklace and earring suite, (2)
Lot 24
A gold and hardstone fringe necklace and earring suite,
circa 1830
(2)
Sold for £15,625 (US$ 19,784) inc. premium

Lot Details
A gold and hardstone fringe necklace and earring suite, circa 1830
The graduating series of finely pierced repoussé gold plaques, each with a cabochon hardstone centre, alternating with hardstone drops, hardstones including amazonite feldspar, bloodstone chalcedony, malachite, sodalite, sardonyx, moss agate, banded agate, onyx, carnelian, aventurine feldspar, white chalcedony, chrysoprase and lapis lazuli, accompanied by a pair of matching girandole earrings, French assay mark (Paris 1819-1830), one hardstone drop is chipped, length 45.0cm, fitted case (2)

Footnotes

  • The use of hardstones and girandole devices is similar to 18th century Scottish jewellery. For comparison, see a suite of Scottish jewellery, circa 1730, in the National Museum of Scotland, illustrated in Scarisbrick, Diana, "Jewellery in Britain 1066-1837" Norwich, 1997, colour plate XXV.

    This suite, made in France between 1819-1830, embodies the mid 19th century French fashion for multi-coloured jewellery and historic costume. From the 1820s, costume balls were de rigeur in European society, spawned in part by the universal popularity of Sir Walter Scott's novels. In 1826, the English envoy in Vienna gave a ball where the guests dressed as characters from Ivanhoe and in 1829 the Duchesse de Berri hosted The Quadrille de Marie Stuart at the Tuilleries in Paris. The costumes and accessories worn at these balls were more often than not historical pastiches and the jewels offered here are interesting survivors from this period of manufacture.
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