Golden Biedermeier

Biedermeier antique „foam gold“ brooch with shell cameo, around 1845


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Description
The brooch with pendulous suspensions on fine chains was the typical piece of jewellery of the late Biedermeier period. In the years around 1848, for example, the court jeweler Friedrich Roediger (1818-1881), the founder of the bijouterie factory of the same name and inventor of the foxtail chain, created a whole series of such designs, a whole sheet full of which has been preserved to this day in the Hanau Drawing Academy (see last illustration). The present specimen is decorated with rich gold ornamentation, which shows baroqueizing forms quite in the taste of the time. The body of the brooch is made of foam gold, typical for the period, i.e. a fine sheet of gold punched into shape was stabilized on the inside by a filling material. In this way, it was possible to realize particularly splendid shapes, using only a small amount of material. The brooch's showpiece is a shell cameo with an antique portrait of Apollo, behind whose shoulder the cithara is peeking out. Since the cameo is set in sawn gold foliage, i.e. worked in a different technique than the rest of the brooch, we assume that it did not originally belong to it and was fitted in a later period. Thus, a wonderful mariage was created, which combines the type of brooch with suspensions with the antique shell cameo. The illustration from Brigitte Marquardt: Schmuck. Klassizismus und Biedermeier, 1780-1850, Munich 1983, p. 248. There further comparison pieces on p. 240 and 246.
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Golden Biedermeier
€ 790.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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