Victorian Carved Ivory Gold Amphora Pendeloque Earrings
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A very fine and dramatic pair of Victorian Renaissance Revival carved ivory and 9K yellow gold earrings featuring surmounts carved in the form of youth’s faces suspending long classical amphorae carved with grotesque masks. Both the faces and the amphorae are fully three-dimensional. The back of the faces are carved with flowing hair and the backs of the drops are carved with acanthus leaves. The ivory has a very nice patina. The style and exceptional quality of carving indicates the ivories were likely carved in Italy, whereas the use of 9K gold suggests they were mounted as jewelry in England. The pendeloque style emerged in the last quarter of the 18th century and was popular periodically throughout the 19th century, typically whenever hairstyles were the longest. The wires are stamped with French import marks for 9K. Victorian ivory earrings of this quality are quite uncommon, and we were fortunate to acquire two exceptional pairs from the same source.
Origin: Italy/England, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, all original, no cracking. Size: length from top of wire, 3-1/4”; length from top of the face, 2-11/16”; width, 3/4".
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- Ca. 1870
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