Take Flight - Symbolic Turquoise Bird Brooch
The early decades of the 19th century found itself in the thralls of invention and discovery. The romance of literature was on the forefront with Keats and Shelley in the throes of poetry and classical revivalism rampant. The emergence of the Modern Intellectual and the Age of Romanticism was taking over.
This 15k yellow gold brooch is brought to you from that sentimental period circa 1820. At that time Georgian jewelers were masters in the creation of exquisite pieces of jewelry with the finest of details. Here the emblematic bird of love, the dove clutches a sprig of a forget-me-not within its beak. The golden bird is representational and naturalistic with avian-like texturing all over the surface.
Tiny red ruby cabochon eyes and natural turquoise embellish the form. Wings and tail feathers are set with turquoise accents in harmonious response to the forget-me-not petals which has on the reverse, the smallest locket compartment we have ever seen. Within is a tiny swatch of cream hued fabric which. The locket can be opened by a jeweler if desired. Even the pin stem displays a gentle curve. This is an example of a true marvel of the excellence of the jewelers of the early 1800s.
Date: Circa 1820.
Measurements: 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) in total length including top bale and 1-1/8 inches (2.8 cm). Weight of 4.1 grams (2.6 dwt).
Condition: Excellent for its age, later safety clasp added with some silver solder to its base.
Origin: Most likely English.
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