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Magnificent Necklace With Lapis Lazuli, Diamonds & Pearls, ca. 1875


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Magnificent Necklace With Lapis Lazuli, Diamonds & Pearls, ca. 1875
Magnificent Necklace With Lapis Lazuli, Diamonds & Pearls, ca. 1875
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The Victorians looked to the past and its rich treasure of form and ornament. Jewellery in Gothic, Rococo, Renaissance and ancient styles was created. Already in 1895, the art historian Julius Lessing summed up: "A strict imitation of the existing models takes place only in the rarest cases. One changes and mixes according to our needs. [Here] the element of life reveals itself, that which later periods will recognize as the actual style of our time." Lessing showed foresight, for jewellery like the present one is oriented to the past - and yet it could not have been created at any other time than its own. The magnificent necklace is designed as a garland of softly flowing, golden snake chains that actually bear sculpturally modeled snake heads at their ends. Between them hang small stars, each bearing a split natural pearl at its center, surrounded by glittering diamond roses. The main focus, however, is on three detailed amphorae made of deep blue carved lapis lazuli and gold mounts set with diamond roses. The center amphora bears a glazed locket compartment on its back. These amphorae were one of the characteristics of the archaeological style of those years - they were meant to evoke Roman and Etruscan antiquity. Hanging them as fringed pendulums on necklaces, this idea came from the jewellery of the Etruscans, an ancient people whose culture had mixed with that of the Romans. Amphorae and fringe necklaces were soon among the characteristic jewellery of the 1870s. The necklace bears no hallmarks, but it was probably made in England. We were able to discover it in Munich. It is excellently preserved and a picture book example of the richly ornamental world of historicism.
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Eclecticism, this word is often used in the context of historicism, whose diverse manifestations stylistically dominated the second half of the 19th century: for past styles were not only revived or copied in those years, but after some time, from different stylistic elements, very own designs were composed, which are precisely for this reason quite typical of their time of origin - and could not have been created in any other era.
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Magnificent Necklace With Lapis Lazuli, Diamonds & Pearls, ca. 1875
Victorian Splendour
€ 14,900.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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