Everyday Escape

Antique gold brooch with seed pearls and Watteau painting on porcelain, around 1860

In front of a rose-tinted twilight sky, a young lady sits amid roses, casually without shoes, a love letter she has just read resting on her lap. A scene that is entirely in the tradition of Watteau and Fragonard: In their paintings they captured the yearning for nature of the courtly society of pre-revolutionary France, whose daily life was governed by the strict rules of etiquette and hierarchy. This decorative brooch, however, was created during the so-called Second Rococo period in France between 1850 and 1870, and revisits the aesthetics and sentiment of the late 18th century. In this first renaissance of the Rococo, the desire for representation of the rising middle classes was expressed as well as the longing for nature that flared up once again in the course of advancing industrialization. The materiality of the brooch also supports these historical references: The scene is painted in grisaille and delicate pink, tinged with lilac, on a porcelain plate. The passion for the "white gold" - in its most feverish manifestation also called la maladie de porcelaine (French for porcelain disease) - as well as the aesthetics of this material to be painted in pastel shades defined the Rococo era. The small picture is framed by shimmering seed pearls in a gold setting. A beautiful piece, which even today transports the desire for everyday escape in the form of a pretty gem.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.