Far Eastern grace

Two-piece earrings silver filigree & carved bone, China, early 20th century.

China, the land of smiles, with its millennia-old culture has always fascinated Europe. It is impossible to imagine European art of the last centuries without chinoiseries, Chinese arts and crafts, especially porcelain, were a status symbol at all European courts and a sign of discriminating taste. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, when long-distance travel became easier, trade relations could be expanded and the Middle Kingdom thus moved closer, genuine Chinese arts and crafts also became affordable for the middle classes. The present pair of earrings is to be seen in this context. The pendants of lightly gilded silver filigree are composed of three parts: Below the uppermost element with a small blossom, there is a movable suspended oval decorative element for each. Here in the center, the earrings each present a finely carved panel of bone. In each depiction we see three scholars studying scrolls at a table in the garden of an elegant house. Finishing off the composition are elegant silver tassels. The flower-decorated tops of the earrings can be worn without the leg tablet and tassels. The pair is a quality representative of Chinese jewelry and stands out for its craftsmanship. The pair found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.