Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (23 November 2021)
Date of Auction: 23rd November 2021
Sold for £4,600
Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
FootnoteJewellery design between 1820-40 closely followed the evolution of fashion and technical innovation. The generous décolletages of ball and evening gowns of the 1830s, with low sweeping necklaces and bare shoulders, plus large oversized puffed sleeves, favoured the wearing of substantial necklaces, brooches and long pendent earrings. Towards 1840, parures of elaborate scrollwork, stamped out of sheet gold, began to be the choice of the fashionable elite. Although manufactured out of thin gauge gold, these suites had the appearance of great substance.
“This impression is however, somewhat deceptive, as the pieces are usually very light, cleverly achieving an opulent effect with the minimum amount of gold”. (Clare Phillips)
See: Jewels & Jewellery by Clare Phillips, Thames & Hudson, V & A, pub. 2019, page 84.