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Fabulous gold pin with Essex Crystal of a pinscher, England around 1870


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Fabulous gold pin with Essex Crystal of a pinscher, England around 1870
Fabulous gold pin with Essex Crystal of a pinscher, England around 1870
Description
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Some very British things are developed into true passions – for instance to plant gardens, lay carpeting in bathrooms or love funny-looking dogs. This latter fact has led to some of the most bizarre dog breeds coming from Britain. From the Welsh Corgie to the Basset, the Jack Russell Terrier or the English Bulldog, there are countless examples of dog breeds that got their start on the island. A very special little fellow of English origin we see here on a pin of the 1870s: The Pinscher. A so-called "Essex Crystal" captures the viewer's gaze. In the case of an Essex Crystal, the image is cut into a rock crystal from behind in the manner of an intaglio and is then painted. We see in the circular cabochon the head of a small miniature terrier with pointed ears. The little dog with black fur wears a red collar with little bells. He looks amusedly at us, somewhat grimly and skeptically adorable. It can be assumed that a somewhat eccentric lady or gentleman had their darling dog portrayed in this rare medium so that it could always be carried close! The craftsman has succeeded in capturing the physiognomy and the attentive character of the animal. The depiction is also backed with a gold plate to further enhance the three-dimensional effect of the three-dimensional cuts. Precise details of the fur can be seen and the deep cut even reveals a real shadow play of the figure in the crystals. The Essex crystal is set in high karat gold, the design language of the setting and its details make us date the piece to the 1870s.
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The exact origins of the Essex Crystal are unknown; however, corresponding pieces of jewellery can be observed for the first time since the middle of the 19th century in England. Preference was given to the depiction of dogs, cats, horses and hunting motifs. The craftsmanship required to achieve the lifelike realism of the images was enormous. The small portrait miniatures were created using a series of techniques and steps. First, a clear rock crystal or piece of glass is cut into a cabochon, with a domed front and a flat back. Then the motif is cut into the back as a negative shape or intaglio to achieve the desired three-dimensional trompe l'loeil effect. The resulting image is now painstakingly hand-painted, reproducing even the smallest details with admirable fidelity to nature. Finally, the depiction is provided with a thin background, e.g. of mother-of-pearl, and the crystal is then set into a piece of jewellery.
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Fabulous gold pin with Essex Crystal of a pinscher, England around 1870
Who can resist these eyes?
€ 1,190.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,190.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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