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Wonderful foam gold necklace of the Biedermeier, around 1840
Magnificent, sculptural pieces of gold jewellery captured the hearts of the ladies around 1840. From the small-scale cannetille jewellery made of gold filigree, which had been worn from 1820 onwards, fashion developed into voluminous but still detailed driftworks, which often found their inspiration in the world of nature, leaves and tendrils. The hardships of the Napoleonic wars were over - with early industrialization came the time of bourgeois prosperity. Precious jewellery was no longer worn only at court. Motifs for Biedermeier jewellery were found especially in the world of plants, which were shaped into voluminous creations according to the taste of the time. This necklace from the years around 1840 also shows this characteristic formal language. A large pendant is attached to a braided gold chain. It shows two strikingly large blossoms that are connected by a dynamic sweep. The workmanship in particular makes the necklace a typical child of its time, as do the two decorative pendulums below the central pendant. This is because the necklace is made using a detailed foam gold technique, in which gold is rolled and chased into thin sheets or pressed into moulds and then filled with resin. Necklaces like ours were among the particularly popular pieces of jewellery of the Biedermeier period: similar pieces are hardly missing from any lady's portrait of the epoch. As a particularly typical and exceptionally beautiful example, the necklace embodies the sense of form of the mid-19th century and should not be missing from any collection of Biedermeier jewellery.
Biedermeier, the era after the Congress of Vienna, with its strong focus on the family, the domestic, produced a great variety of jewellery designs. Especially pieces of jewellery made of so-called foam gold were popular gifts and pledges of human affection. At a time when gold was very expensive, jewellery made in this now forgotten technique was always made from a sheet of gold and filled with a resin in order to keep the rather thin gold stable and thus to be able to produce large and impressive pieces of jewellery from as little gold as possible.
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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.