What a brilliant old Art Nouveau piece...both for what it does and how it looks. Made of antique stamped brass, this double clip / pendant / chatelaine combination has three magnificent cabochons of Italian Venetian foil glass beads. The two ends clip onto a sweater, dress, jacket, coat, or cloak (back in the Victorian era), and the center piece hangs down like a pendant.
Venetian beads this old and beautiful are a rarity. These are intense yellow gold and glowing red and they have textured free-form surfaces.
The chatelaine measures 9 1/2 inches stretched out to the sides or 6 inches high when in clipped position. The center bead hangs 1 1/2 inches high. The width of each bead is 3/4 inch. The beads are in excellent condition. The clips are sturdy with good hinges. The stamped brass is textured with a pattern and the unpolished patina is lovely as it is.
This is a rare unusual early piece...in excellent condition.
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Victorian Italian Foil Glass Bead Chatelaine Clips Red & Gold Beads