An antique Egyptian Revival gold enamel and gem-set brooch
An antique Egyptian Revival gold enamel and gem-set brooch.
Centered with a textured gold domed plaque applied with the enamelled head of a young Pharaoh the face delicately enamelled in translucent skin tones the headdress in rich Egyptian green reds and blues micro grain set with rose cut diamonds and small rubies in the headband and asp decoration with further small rose cut diamonds in the earrings. An intricately enamelled border frames the portrait.
Enamelled jewellery has a long and illustrious history. The richness and precision of the multi coloured enamels, the delicacy of the gem enhancement with the realistic beauty of the portrait make this an outstanding enamelled jewel. Enamels and micro mosaics were frequently the chosen mediums for Egyptian Revival Style jewels in the nineteenth century.
A number of events fostered the fascination of the French people for the Egyptian Revival Style in the nineteenth century. The French had been interested in Egypt since Napoleon’s conquest. Archeological discoveries by Auguste Marriotte in the 1860s with crates of artifacts shipped back to the Louvre further piqued interest. The Suez Canal was finally completed with much fanfare in 1867. Jewels in the Egyptian Revival style featuring lotus flower and pharaonic motifs in red green and blue opaque enamels aroused enthusiastic interest in the theatrically spectacular displays in the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867.
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- Egyptian Revival C 1870-1890
- Diameter 4cm
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