From the life of a love god
Charming gemstone bracelet in malachite & gold, around 1820
Whether you are a friend of antique jewellery or a collector of rare stone cuts: The gems of this bracelet are a delight to the eyes and heart alike. This is because it is made of malachite, a material that is rarely used for cameos and gemstones and that immediately impresses with its unique, intense colour. The bracelet was created in the early years of the 19th century. It was the time of Napoleon Bonaparte, who spread the taste of Empire throughout Europe with his Grande Armee. Schooled in the art of antiquity, the heroes and gods of the Greeks and Romans now populated the salons and ballrooms from Paris to Berlin and Copenhagen to Naples. Sculptures were mostly created in the pure white of marble - but jewellery and dresses shone with each other in intense colours. The unique green of malachite also fits wonderfully into this period. But as often as it was used in interior decoration and for handcrafted objects such as boxes - jewelry made of malachite is exceptionally rare and precious. This is because the stone is difficult to cut due to its layered structure. Here, however, seven scenes have been cut in malachite and set in delicate frames of finely ornamented gold. In each of the stone cuts we encounter Cupid, the messenger of love, in ever new charming scenes: Sometimes he plays alone with a dog, the symbol of fidelity. Then he holds a laurel wreath to crown the victor in a love dispute or sensually feasts on a juicy vine. Finally, he fights over a love arrow with a putto or lets the latter lead him blindfolded through impassable terrain: It is the path of love that is shown here: Between profit and pleasure, unpredictable happiness and touching loyalty. Created in a time of upheaval, the volume thus celebrates the all-connecting, high power of love. Who would not want to wear it and thus give it a new life?
Malachite is an extraordinary mineral that has been valued for its intense green color since ancient times. In ancient Egypt, cult objects such as scarabs were carved from malachite and the crushed stone was used as eye shadow, and up to the present day, the color-intensive mineral is used for jewelry. Especially in the 19th century malachite became a true fashion material. In the palaces of the tsars in St. Petersburg and in the Kremlin whole rooms were covered with malachite and also in the Prussian palaces in Potsdam wonderful room furnishings can be found, which in their colour splendour seem surprising to today's observer at first sight. Especially the Malachite Room in the Orangery in the Sanssoucis Palace Park is an impressive example. But the contemporary taste of classicism loved not only the bright white of marble sculptures, but also the intense color of malachite - jewelry pieces such as the parure presented here allow us a particularly authentic insight into this world of austere beauty.
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