A diamond aigrette,
Lot 4
A diamond aigrette,
late 18th/early 19th century
Sold for £ 23,750 (US$ 30,335) inc. premium

Fine Jewellery

25 Apr 2018, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A diamond aigrette, late 18th/early 19th century
Of stylised feather and floral design, the wreath issuing a plume and spray of foliage en tremblant, set throughout with old brilliant, pear, marquise and single-cut diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, diamonds approximately 20.20 carats total, length approximately 9.5cm

Footnotes

  • For similar examples see, Tait, Hugh (ed) 1984, The Art of the Jeweller: A Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum, British Museum Publications Ltd, London, Plate 5.

    Aigrettes, stylised hair or hat ornaments, became increasingly fashionable throughout Europe during the 18th Century and into the 19th Century. The stylised feathers or plumes were initially usually set with diamonds though by the 19th Century coloured stones were also readily used. Often, as is the case in this example, aigrettes would be mounted en tremblant, and considered ideal for parties and social occasions.
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