Scarce & Exquisite Late 17th C. Enamel "Boat" Earrings
Hand-made from the tiny fittings to the ornamentation of exquisite polychromatic enamels in pink, blue and white, these petite in scale "boat" earrings are crafted of acid tested 18k yellow gold with a warm sheen that only antique gold can display.
Suspended from the mid point is a pendant drop consisting of a three orbed "bead" of black dotted white enamel. Following are two natural baroque pearls (untested but assumed natural due to examination and age). The enamel work of the crescent shaped earring is typical of the period both in its design and in the employment of white enamel with black dots. The Three Graces has received this pair of scarce and magnificent earrings from a private collection.
Measurements: Earring including wire is 1-7/16 inches (3.6 cm) in length by 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) in width. Weight for the pair is 4.8 grams (3.1 dwt).
Condition: Very good for their age. Some enamel chipping and loss to both earrings visible with close inspection or a loupe; does not show when worn. General light wear.
Date & Origin: Late 17th or early 18th century and is European in origin.
For similar enamel work as well as for a discussion of the boat earring form please consult page 40 of "Earrings From Antiquity to the Present" by Triossi and Mascetti. In addition, refer to page 104 of "Jewellery Reference and Price Guide" by Michael Poynder for a somewhat similar example.
Item ID: 12952
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: gold, Size: 3.6 cm
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