Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1820-1830, this is one of the MOST phenomenal examples of late Georgian jewelry to have crossed my path in many a year! Its outstanding craftsmanship, museum-worthy condition, and rarity all qualify it for Masterpiece status!
Measuring 7" wearable length and 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" across the clasp, this stellar bracelet makes an incredible statement piece as well as a fine investment! This early Gothic Revival wonder is wrought from silver gilt, and boasts a fine enamel-on-copper clasp framed by flat-cut garnets, and exquisitely-sculpted links set with flat-cut garnets as well as white opal cabochons (.900 grade silver with a high-karat gold wash; all materials unmarked but tested)!
The clasp is a Masterpiece in itself; it boasts a Neoclassical pastoral scene painted in black, white, sepia, pink, green, and gray against a robin's egg blue ground! The scene depicts a young lady seated on a rock underneath a spreading tree, holding a sistrum in one hand, and beckoning to a child at her side. An elderly man stands beside her, holding a wreath in one hand. A Roman gate and garden are painted with wonderful eye to perspective.
This plaque is framed in a rubbed-over collet of silver gilt, and is framed by 20 flat-cut garnets measuring 3.5 mm in diameter, and weighing approx. 15 points each. The garnets are individually collet-set, foiled, and closed at the back. The body of the bracelet is just as impressive; it consists of nine links measuring 1 1/2" long and 1/2" wide. These links are positively sculpted, and each link is set with two white opal cabochons measuring 5 mm in diameter, with a 5 mm flat-cut garnet set in between! The links feature fantastic repousse work, and the links measure 8 mm tall! The reverse of the bracelet is almost as gorgeous as the front; each link is hand-engraved with flowers and acanthus leaf motifs. Even the back of the clasp displays decorative engraving - JUST OUTSTANDING!
This wondrous jewel has survived the past 190+ years in as fine a condition as the the most discerning collector could hope for. All but one of the 29 garnets are original to the bracelet; the replacement garnet is also flat-cut, and perfectly matches the others for color. One of the garnets has been re-set, but this is considered perfectly acceptable wear for a bracelet of this caliber. Two of the opals have hairlines, but they are perfectly stable in their rubbed-over settings. Otherwise, this bracelet is just as pristine today as when it was first worn by a lady of wealth and fashion in the 1820s! The hand-cut "tongue-in-groove" clasp locks securely, the enamel is 100% pristine and intact, and what an impression this jewel makes on the arm!
Simply a phenomenal example of the early 19th-century lapidary's art, this bracelet is Continental in origin, and I believe it is Austro-Hungarian, but it pre-dates the hallmarks which were enacted for export in 1866. Weighing in at 57.74 grams, this is the ONLY bracelet you will need for that special night out, and it will get compliments galore!
If you collect the BEST of the BEST in Georgian-era jewelry, this Masterpiece belongs on your arm and in your collection! It would also make the gift of a lifetime for that special lady fond of historic jewelry which makes a grand statement, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this spectacular bracelet; I never expect to find another, up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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