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Precious parrot brooch with diamonds & sapphires in gold, around 1890

The art of foreign countries and continents inspires people not only in our age of globalization. As early as the Baroque period, porcelain from China was collected and its ornaments and patterns were diligently copied. Shortly after 1800, after Napoleon's Egyptian expedition, countless coffeehouses, teahouses and salons were built in the style of the pharaohs. And at the end of the 19th century, the art world looked to Japan: woodcuts, prints and drawings were imported, from which van Gogh, Manet, Degas and also Paul Klee drew inspiration. And again and again, exotic animals were themes in the visual arts and decorative arts. This witty brooch made of silver, gold and precious gemstones has an exotic bird as its theme: it shows a colourful parrot. Blue sapphires and shimmering diamonds make its feathers shine in the most beautiful brilliance. Its claws hold a staff tightly. As a toy, he has a large pearl, which he curiously grasps with his beak. The quality workmanship of the brooch beautifully accentuates the materials used here. For example, the sapphires are set in rich gold, which brings out their radiant color, while the diamonds are set in silver to keep them from appearing yellowish. In addition, the brooch is very well preserved. With this exceptional piece from around 1890, you too can experience the spirit of exoticism that looked out into the world to embellish life at home with wit and the will to create.

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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.