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Antique brooch of realism in gold & diamonds, around 1855

Throughout the centuries, jewellery has not only been an ornamental accessory: just as in the visual arts, social trends and changes can be read from it. From the mid-19th century onwards, for example, the realist movement produced not only literary works and paintings, but also pieces of jewellery. Objects taken from life and motifs from the animal and plant world were transformed into the materiality of precious metals and into the form of brooches, rings and bracelets. Surprisingly, one of the most sought-after motifs was the branch! In fact, the initially inconspicuous-looking motif is perfectly suited for jewellery design. The natural pattern requires a finely grained structuring of the gold, which was fashionable in the middle of the century anyway and allowed the goldsmith to use all his skill. On the other hand, the motif can easily be transferred into the form of any piece of jewellery without appearing implausible or forced. Brooches and rings are just as well known as bangles or necklaces. This brooch is designed in the shape of a lying branch with a delicate blossom and leaves sprouting from its upper side. The handwork is extremely detailed and naturalistic, the individual grain is engraved and punched by hand into the gold. The blossom is formed by a single old-cut diamond of high brilliance set in delicate pips. Further rose-cut diamonds set the leaves and individual parts of the branch, giving the impression of small, shimmering dewdrops. The gold, which is actually slightly reddish, shimmers in a velvety, matt golden yellow thanks to additional fine gold-plating. The beautiful piece of jewellery is in very good condition. Comparable designs can be found in Brigitte Marquardt: Schmuck. Realismus und Historismus 1850-1895, Munich 1998, p. 262, there esp. cat.-no. 306 and 307. Also Henri Vever: La bijouterie française au XIXe siècle (1800-1900), 3 vols., Paris 1906-1908, shows numerous examples in the first two volumes.

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