Romantic wedding headdress gold tone metal with dove
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 2 ins h x 7 ins diameter (5 x 18 cm). adjustable to different sizes
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1890s – 1900s
This is the second of these unusual tiara headpieces I have in my store! It would make a wonderful headdress for a spring or early summer bride who is looking for something very different!
The basis of the headdress is a metal band which is very flexible so that the dimensions can easily be adjusted. This means that the ornament can be worn headband style from ear to ear, or formed into a circle to go around a high chignon or up do. This makes it a very versatile headpiece. There are small metal hooks at each extremity which fasten to hold it in place.
The decorative motifs take the form of flowers and leaves which are individually formed from thin repousee metal. Some of the leaves are decorated with green to represent verdigris and this was a deliberate addition. Chief among the motifs is the figural dove which surmounts the centre. Its wings are outspread and in its beak it holds a small spring of olive leaves. All these motifs are attached to the base piece by curly brass wires and (with care) can be adjusted to different angles to suit the taste of the wearer.
The aesthetic movement was a late nineteenth century art school that championed pure beauty and ‘art for art’s sake’. It emphasised the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations. In applied arts it can be seen as part of the revolution in design which led to the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. In wearable art pieces, the movement is characterised by the prominent use of natural elements, especially flowers and birds. It coincided with a tremendous fondness for so called “sentimental” motifs in jewellery, such as birds, butterflies and other winged creatures.
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