A gilt and embellished 'jasmine buds' bridal necklace Indian, 19th century

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Lot 61
A gilt and embellished 'jasmine buds' bridal necklace
Indian, 19th century

Sold for HK$ 500,000 (US$ 64,016) inc. premium
A gilt and embellished 'jasmine buds' bridal necklace
Indian, 19th century
Comprising a total of eighty-one pointed jasmine buds, each inset with a ruby paste-bead embellishment, suspended from tightly woven gold filigree strings encased within interlocking floral and leaf lappets, all gilt and fastened at the double peacock-shaped buckle.
Inside circumference: 73.3cm (28 7/8in) long

Footnotes

  • 印度十九世紀 鎏金嵌紅料茉莉花蕾項鍊

    The distinctive design of the necklace derives from the ethnic Indian culture of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala region, where such necklaces would have been worn by the bride during their traditional wedding.

    Compare a related but later example of a late nineteenth century jasmine bud necklace inset with red semi-precious stones in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and another nineteenth century jasmine bud necklace from the Tamil Nadu and Kerala culture (accession number: 1991.32.2) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, bequested by Cynthia Hazen Polsky in 1991.

    The current lot is almost identical to the similarly gilt and embellished 'jasmine buds' bridal necklace in the Musée Barbier-Müeller, Geneve, which was exhibited in Parure. Bijoux Ethniques des Collection du Musée Barbier-Müeller, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, from 14 September 1994 to 20 November 1994. The necklace was subsequently published in the catalogue of the same exhibition, which was illustrated by Jeanne Faton-Boyancé, Parure. Bijoux. Exposition au Musée des Arts Décoratifs des Bijoux Ethniques de la Collection Barbier-Müller , Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Dijon, 1994.
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