Flower greetings from Naples
Wonderful Biedermeier necklace of carved coral, around 1850
Jewellery made of carved coral is still one of the most spectacular souvenirs of a trip to Naples in the mid-19th century. Simple necklaces made of coral carved into round beads are still known today in large numbers. Necklaces, brooches and whole parures made of coral carved by hand into flowers and blossoms, leaves and fruits, however, are still exceptionally rare and always a great pleasure, because they invite us to a journey in our thoughts and at the same time make us admire the craftsmanship of the masters. Here we have a necklace that presents a fragrant bouquet of flowers and fruits on three rows of small coral beads. Roses, pears, peaches - the bounty of the rich gardens of the Amalfi Coast probably inspired the unknown coral carver from the Gold of Naples, who crafted this necklace from countless individually carved elements. The corals show that light red salmon tone which is typical for corals of the 19th century. Jewellery made of carved coral was a great fashion, especially in the middle of the century. The pieces were always created in the Bay of Naples and then traded throughout Europe. In 1851, for example, the stand of the jeweller Robert Phillips at the Great Exhibition in London caused a great stir with a spectacularly large selection of carved Italian coral, which was taken over only a short time later by what is now the Victoria & Albert Museum. We discovered the necklace here in Berlin. Cf. with further examples also on dating, David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 107, p. 107, p. 111, and Charlotte Gere/Judy Rudoe: Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, London: British Museum Press 2010, pp. 240-243.
Coral is one of the most beautiful gifts of the sea. No chamber of art and curiosities of the early modern era is conceivable without it. Since the Middle Ages, their bizarre shape and intense colour have inspired goldsmiths and stone cutters to create ever new creations. Even today, corals are sought-after gemstones that provide a wonderful color accent, especially in summer.
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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.