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Excellent Demi-Parure Pietra Dura set in Gold, Florence ca. 1875


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Excellent Demi-Parure Pietra Dura set in Gold, Florence ca. 1875
Excellent Demi-Parure Pietra Dura set in Gold, Florence ca. 1875
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Pieces of jewellery made of so-called Pietra Dura (Ital., as much as "hard stone") have been a popular souvenir of every visit to Florence since the Renaissance, because the famous workshops of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure have been located in the city on the Arno since the time of Cosimo II Medici. Especially in the 19th century, many travelers brought these small souvenirs from Florence back home. The demi-parure presented here, consisting of a brooch and matching ear pendants, comes from exactly this period. The pieces were created in the years around 1875. Brooch and earrings each present an oval pietra dura field with wonderful jewellery of flowers that do not wilt. Set with fine semi-precious stones such as turquoise, nephrite and agate, we see the blossoms of rose, lily of the valley and forget-me-not against a black background. The stones are chosen just so that their natural structure forms the shades of flowers and leaves - a small masterpiece of illusionism. The wide settings of high-carat gold play this game even further. For against a background of pointed arches and quatrefoils, forms borrowed from the Gothic period, lie vine leaves and vines formed from gold. The golden wine once again refers to the summer, beautiful hours in the warm south. The set is masterfully crafted in every detail and is in first-class condition. In older times, the ear pins were renewed and supplemented with practical hinged hoops for a secure hold. The pin of the brooch was also renewed and a supplemented safety clasp prevents you from losing the brooch unnoticed.
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The late 19th century was infatuated with the past. Society was changing, industry had long since transformed the once tranquil towns into large metropolises, and new technologies such as the telegraph were bringing the world closer together. In this situation, citizens yearned for stability and reliability - and looked back to history to find role models for their own times. In earlier centuries, fashions and aesthetic preferences had changed only very slowly. Then, in the 19th century, their change accelerated enormously. The history of jewelry knows as many fashions as generations in the hundred years between 1800 and 1900. At the beginning and end of the century, for example, white jewelry, richly set with diamonds, was in demand. In the 1860s and 1870s, bold colors were in demand, preferably large, polished surfaces of yellow gold and intense colored stones.
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Excellent Demi-Parure Pietra Dura set in Gold, Florence ca. 1875
Flowers That Do Not Wither...
€ 2,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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