Archaeological Style

Wonderful Archaeological Style Gold Earrings, England, c. 1880 and Later


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Wonderful Archaeological Style Gold Earrings, England, c. 1880 and Later
Wonderful Archaeological Style Gold Earrings, England, c. 1880 and Later
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Until the beginning of the 19th century, the forms of jewellery of classical antiquity were still unknown. Neither in the Renaissance, nor in Classicism had excavations produced genuine jewellery of antiquity. The designs of these eras had been merely approximations of an ideal that had to be drawn from other contexts, such as architecture or sculpture. This changed abruptly with the discovery of genuine Etruscan jewellery in Italy from the 1820s onwards. Princess Alexandrine of Canino, for example, was known to enjoy wearing some original Etruscan jewellery found at her country estate near Rome, to the envy of her friends. However, the number of pieces, which were all chance finds, remained small and original, millennia-old Etruscan jewellery could still only be owned by a fraction of the ladies. Therefore, the goldsmiths of those years soon began to produce jewellery according to now finally known ancient forms. Especially Pio Castellani from Rome and his sons excelled in this field and designed jewellery that from the middle of the century became a trademark and a true fashion known all over Europe. But also in the rest of Europe their works, which were quickly known under the term "archaeological style", were received with interest and merged with the forms of their own history. The pair of earrings here speaks the formal language of this fashion. Below an ear hook with an attached ball, a richly decorated element is movably attached, displaying delicate florals and foliage along with fine cord soldering and coiled gold wires. Forming a semicircle at the bottom, where large pendulums are attached to it. The earrings were probably created in recent decades from an antique brooch and an originally shorter pair of earrings: The two richly ornamented tops were probably joined at their lower ends and framed as a brooch a now lost round showpiece, perhaps a mosaic or gemstone. A skilled goldsmith separated them and set them as a pair of earrings. With the pendants under them, they now make a coherent design in late 19th century taste.
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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. At the same time, fashions were now changing at an increasingly rapid pace. In earlier centuries, aesthetic preferences had changed only very slowly. In the 19th century, however, their change accelerated enormously. The history of jewellery 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 jewellery, richly set with diamonds, was in demand. In the 1860s and 1870s, strong colours were in demand, preferably large, polished surfaces of yellow gold and intense coloured stones.
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Wonderful Archaeological Style Gold Earrings, England, c. 1880 and Later
Archaeological Style
€ 790.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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