Under the spell of the goddesses

Biedermeier coral gem in cannetille as modern earrings, c. 1825/2019

The profiles of two majestic female heads have been cut here in red Mediterranean coral. Wide frames of fine gold wire frame the heads, which thus shine like small suns. Restrained bows of gold turn the portraits into earrings. The frames of filigree gold spirals are executed in a special technique called cannetille. Jewellery with Cannetille was especially popular in the decade from 1820 to 1830. The technique is related to filigree and usually consists of finely hammered sheets and gold wires in the form of tendrils, spirals and beehive-like elements that look like delicate lace and are often decorated with fine granules. Cf. for example, with numerous examples, Ginny Reddington Dawes/Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, pp. 113-116 as well as David Bennet/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 82, p. 85. The use of the cannetille thus suggests that the gems and their settings were made in the years around 1825, presumably in Italy, where jewellery made of coral and carved gems of high quality were made for the Italian travellers of the time. The pair here was probably made in the Bay of Naples. Originally the corals with their splendid frames were part of a larger necklace, of which we discovered only a part in an estate - well guarded, but unfortunately no longer to be worn. Our goldsmith has therefore fitted the gems with gold earwires and thus turned the pair into earrings.

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