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Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown

Story

The swan image is as evocative as the 19th century poem “Le Cygne” (The Swan) by symbolist Stephane Mallarmé and as beautiful as witnessing Tchaikovsky's classic ballet “Swan Lake”.

Perceived as a symbol of transformation by a number of cultures, you too will be renewed when wearing this lyrical brooch.

Of gilded silver (vermeil), it is rendered as finely as any. From the front or back, each element is textured, balanced and harmonious.

A natural baroque freshwater pearl serves at the body of our graceful swan. Her wings are dappled with tiny freshwater natural pearls (44 in all). It speaks to the quality that even the back wing which only just peaks over the front, is nevertheless covered in pearls.

The eye of soft red gazes forward. Around its neck is a crown adorned with three paste (glass) cabochons, one of blue, one of deep red, and one of lighter red.

It glides forward on a textured lake of silver with cattails at its front and reeds to the rear. Gazing at the reverse, you will wish you could wear this either way there is so much fine engraving and texturing, every surface has been created with care and attention to perfection.

Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with CrownSwan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with CrownSwan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with CrownSwan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with CrownSwan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with CrownSwan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown
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Swan Lake - Antique Bird Brooch with Crown

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Date: Circa 1880.

Measurements: Length of 1 13/16 inches and 1 1/8 inches high. Weight of 12.2 grams.

Condition: Excellent.

Historical note: The Dunstable swan jewel dates to the 1400s from France or England and depicts a swan with a crown around its neck. Of white enamel and gold, it resides in the British Museum which also has fleur de lis tines as does this example.

Story

The swan image is as evocative as the 19th century poem “Le Cygne” (The Swan) by symbolist Stephane Mallarmé and as beautiful as witnessing Tchaikovsky's classic ballet “Swan Lake”.

Perceived as a symbol of transformation by a number of cultures, you too will be renewed when wearing this lyrical brooch.

Of gilded silver (vermeil), it is rendered as finely as any. From the front or back, each element is textured, balanced and harmonious.

A natural baroque freshwater pearl serves at the body of our graceful swan. Her wings are dappled with tiny freshwater natural pearls (44 in all). It speaks to the quality that even the back wing which only just peaks over the front, is nevertheless covered in pearls.

The eye of soft red gazes forward. Around its neck is a crown adorned with three paste (glass) cabochons, one of blue, one of deep red, and one of lighter red.

It glides forward on a textured lake of silver with cattails at its front and reeds to the rear. Gazing at the reverse, you will wish you could wear this either way there is so much fine engraving and texturing, every surface has been created with care and attention to perfection.

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