The discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in the 1920s unleashed a fervor for all things Egyptian. Pyramids, pharaohs, mummies, scarabs, and sphinxes began to show up in everything from jewelry to movie palace designs. The craze continued through the Art Deco era and has recently enjoyed a resurgence. The Neiger brothers worked with Czechoslovakian glass to create some of the most representative Egyptian Revival favorites. Many of their pieces featured figural motifs in a broad range popular period colors. An example of this necklace can be seen in Leigh Leshner's "Costume Jewelry Identification and Price Guide".
The '30s vintage necklace offered is in an olive shade with color coordinated thread -- hand knotted between each bead. It also retains a good portion of it's gold paint embellishments -- common on Neiger Czech glass in this revival style. (A note about color. We try to capture the item's true color. However, each monitor registers color uniquely. Also, our assessment / description of color is subjective. Yours may differ.) Neiger's pharaoh necklace is a continuous strand of various bead shapes and sizes including rounds, crossed rounds, cylinders, and scarabs (beetles). The necklace terminates with the dramatic shield shaped, double sided pendant of the seated pharaoh, resplendent with an array of accoutrements.
Wearable length is approximately 31 continuous inches (no clasp). The pendant with integrated scarab and bead bail provides an additional approximate 3 inches for a total of about 34 inches. The pendant proper is about 1 7/8 inches x 1 1/4 inches x 1/4 inch thick. Scarab beads are approximately 14 millimeters x 11 millimeters -- cylinder beads, about 17 millimeters x 4 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is approximately 52 grams.
Condition is very good / excellent vintage. All components intact. We believe the stringing to be original. It appears secure and tight. Since it is 1930s vintage, the material may have weakened with time. All glass beads in chain and bail appear free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Many retain portions of their original gold paint. The molded / pressed glass pendant is in very good condition with a single, shallow surface chip at bottom corner -- about 2 millimeters x 2 millimeters. You can view it in the last photograph. (Interestingly in Leshner's book a "chip" also appears in the same location.) The pharaoh, throne, scepter and characters / hieroglyphics retain significant traces of gold paint. Wonderful patina, untouched by abrasive cleaning or polishing.
Although unsigned, the 1930's vintage necklace is quintessential Max Neiger. Egyptian Revival at it's most unapologetic.
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