Antique Archaeological Revival Neo Classic Necklace. 14k Gold and enamel. Made in England circa 1870. French hallmark.
Measurements: Approximately 16 3/4 inches (42.5cm) long. Sections are approxomitely 5/16th inch (7mm) wide. Weighs 46.7 grams.
Description: the necklace consists of gently curved sections of golden ribbon. Each section is exquisitely decorated with fine filigree and granulated work and highlighted in enamelling in redm white and green. The borders are rope twist and beaded, within are scrolling foliage and flowers. Between each section is a station consisting of a half globe of raised gold and white enamel with fine filigree and granulation matching that of the lower sections. Scrolling white enamel and gold are attached to the front few sections and in the middle is a drop with a Classical urn, attached via loops so that it is free to move. The urn has a pair of mirror-image C's (like a Castellani mark) and has very rich red enamel granulation and blue and white enamel within cloisonnes.
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The tongue-in-groove clasp is hidden in an arched station, identical to those that surround the necklace and barely distinct from them. Finest detail. Comes in an old necklace box with embossed name of seller in the lid. See details below.
Outstanding quality and workmanship. You expect to find a Giuliano mark on this necklace, but either it is unsigned Giuliano, or it was made by one of the top English contemporaries of Giuliano at the time.
Marks: French shell hallmark indicating 14k gold (usually imported from overseas as the French did not make jewelry with 14k).
Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
Embossed mark on inside of box is all but illegible. We have worked out some of it: Name of retailer is GEORGE ??? & SON Fine Jewels & FLEET FINEST (?) 93 FLEET STREET TEMPLE BAR Corner of Chamber Lane Tel 405 1086 13 LINE ST. Temple Bar is considered Dublin's cultural quarter that is popular with tourists. Fleet Street is an address in Temple Bar.
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