18th C. Iberian Acorn Earrings
Although some of the earrings of the Georgian era were long, very few could rival the astonishingly lengthy earrings of Spain and Portugal. In the extreme fashion of the area a number of these earrings extended from the ear lobe to the shoulder (and sometimes even longer).
This pair of resplendent earrings from the Iberian Peninsula incorporates the traditional three-element pendeloque design of surmount, bow and elongated drop. Although not as long as some of the extremes, this particular earring is quite lengthy and is rather cumbrous on the ear yet striking in its appearance. A marvelous open work flower motif surmount suspends a pierced gilt metal abstract ribbon bow. An unusual acorn form takes the role of the pendant drop.
Measurements: 3-1/2 inches (8.9 cm) in length by 1-3/16 inches (2.9 cm) in width. Weight of 32.0 grams (20.6 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Very good; some loss of gilding throughout with metal showing as dark silvery gray colored specs especially in crevices and edges; to the reverse a repair to one top surmount.
Date & Origin: Circa 1780 and is most likely from the Iberian Peninsula.
Overall Scale: Very long and large.
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