Rococo Revival

Splendid Brooch in Gold With Spinel, Diamonds, Ruby & Emerald, Around 1890

The Rococo, the courtly world of elegance and luxury, did not only radiate from France into the world in the 18th century. Even after the end of the Ancien Régime in the French Revolution, this art of lightness and refined taste experienced new fashions again and again. At the end of the 19th century, for example, the rooms of Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph in the Hofburg in Vienna were decorated in the Rococo style, and an apartment was also built for the same empress in Venice: the KuK royalty could thus see itself as the new empire of a Sun King. Throughout the second half of the 19th century, rococo enthusiasm was very much alive: People turned with glee from the epoch in which Marie Antoinette, disguised as a shepherdess, strolled through the gardens of her peasant village in Versaille. A fine example of the revival of the Rococo is the present brooch, dating from around 1890: a frame of solid gold is shown in multifoil sweeps composed of shell ornaments and C-lines. They form the frame for a magnificent gemstone setting: a total of nine diamonds are set around a dark blue, natural spinel, like the rays of a sun. On the magnificent framing itself, which appears even richer thanks to an overlay of fine gold, another diamond is set together with a ruby and a small emerald. The jewel came to us in London, but was probably made in Vienna. The brooch comes with a detailed appraisal by the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal.

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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.