Antique Victorian Archaeological Egyptian Revival brooch. 18k gold and micromosaic plaques. Made circa 1880. <P><P>
For full description, please see below.
Measurements: Weight is 11.5 grams. Length is approximately 2 1/4 inches (6cm). <P><P>
Description : Exceptional micromosaic brooch in the Archaeological Revival style reflecting Egyptomania during the 2nd half of the 19th century with the excavations of the Old World. The Victorians, like their later counterparts during the Art Deco period, were obsessed with Sphynxes, Pharoahs, lotus leaves and pyramids. <P>
This brooch depicts a double Pharaoh portrait. Each head is placed on a deep red / brick orange ground. A luxurious element is the gold detail and tesserae that form outlines and highlights, flashing as the light catches them. Huge golden ear pendants suspended below headdress. Great color range. Each head surrounded by a double oval rope twist frame of filigree 18k gold. <P>
The bar connecting the headed terminals is bordered by broad gold bands with inner gold rope-twist borders. Very finely worked. Within, on a bright blue ground, are gold ribbon scrolls and botanic-themed micromosaics. <P>
Hinged pin and clasp are all original and in good shape. Engraved name of the original owner K.L. Day (possibly K.S. Day - see 'photos) forms a material link over the centuries between generations who have enjoyed and appreciated this wonderful antique jewel.<P>
Marks and Metal: There is a hallmark on the pin (which we do not recognise). Gold was acid and electronic tested to ensure metal purity. <P><P>
Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age. Left hand Pharaoh is missing a red ground tessera (see at about 11 o'clock position and see pictures). Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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