The Georgian period is known not only for its sentimentality, but it’s nelclacisism — and to find a jewel that intersects these two pillars of the period’s aesthetic is always a treat.
A wonderful 18ct and sterling brooch depicting a lyre with flowers blooming forth from the top- one cannot help but recall the myth of mercury’s gift of the first lure to Apollo, the god of the sun, music, and the arts. Intersecting with the Italian tradition of the Giardinetti- I love to imagine that this brooch was a gift of the sweetest friendship, perhaps commemorating wonderful nights of music in the garden. This very large scale brooch with blooming floral symbolism, boasts .20cts (estimated) of diamonds, with 19 in total.
Materials and Features: sterling silver, 18ct gold
Age/Origin: English, c. 1760-1780 Georgian
Measurements: 6.3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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