Rococo Revival

Enamelled medallion pendant with natural pearls and paste, Paris circa 1870

The reign of Napoleon III went down in French history as the Second Empire. From 1852 to 1870, architecture, furniture and decoration were characterized by an exuberant display of splendor and showed the most diverse forms of French historicism. These styles continued to develop after the end of the reign. The pendant presented here is designed in the forms of the so-called 2nd Rococo, a fashion which, among others, dominated the years around 1870. On a fine chain of natural pearls there is a finely worked bow made of silver. It is set with gemstones which, thanks to a coloured foil, look like Brazilian precious topazes - but these are highly refractive glass pastes in fine facetted cuts. Attached to this loop shape, we see a large oval pendant organized around a central element. A large glass paste, also underlaid with rose-colored foil, is surrounded here by natural pearls and forms the focal point. A framing of black enamel with witty white dots captures a surrounding row of other rosy pastes, and also displays airy openwork in circular shapes. A glazed compartment on the back offers the possibility of inserting a picture or locks of hair. The necklace is magnificent without being too bulky and is reminiscent of the great years of Marie Antoinette. A wonderful, feminine piece of jewellery full of glamour and charm, created in Paris in the second half of the 19th century.

The years around 1870 brought a formal language into the world of jewellery with the so-called "Garland Style", which countered Art Nouveau with a more classical, finer stylistic conception. Allusions to Louis XVI forms and fine motifs from classical antiquity enlivened a neoclassicism that valued small, delicate laurel tendrils just as much as meticulous festoons and ornamentation with tiny mille griffons or enamel.

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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.