Egyptian Revival Enamel Silver Brooch
In jewelry certain motifs, styles and themes have such impact that they influence jewelers in later centuries or even millennia. Such is the situation with Egyptian Revival. After the campaigns of Napoleon in the late 1700s, the designs and art of ancient Egypt spread over the Continent and beyond. Next was the wave that was exhibited at the Paris Exposition during the later years of the 1800s. The last major impact was during the Art Deco era when the treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun saw the light of day in 1922 after centuries of darkness.
This marvelous brooch of silver features the three-dimensional head of a pharaoh crafted from molded purple glass resembling amethyst (the color is actually lighter than photos show and closer to photo 3 and hand shot) and wearing the traditional Nemes headdress. The head piece is silver with green enamel lines. Emerging from the sides are papyrus forms ornamented with royal blue, white and leaf green enamel. The finely crafted brooch retains its original fittings.
Date: Circa 1925.
Measurements: 2-1/8 inches (5.4 cm) in length by 7/8 inches (2.2 cm) in width. Weight of 11.6 grams (7.5 dwt).
Hallmarks: Sphinx; crescent moon & star; triangle.
Condition: Excellent; most gilding is worn away and shows silver; a few dark spots to small areas on back of the remaining gilding; light wear to face; minor restorations to enamel.
Origin: Middle Eastern region – Egypt or nearby country.
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