[Close up of the brooch to show profiles] Gold and Amethyst parure, circa 1869. Comprising a necklace, a bracelet, a brooch and a pair of earrings all set with carved amethyst depicting right and left profiles, accented with gold granulation.
Onyx cameo head of a negress facing in profile towards the left, magnificently habillee in gold and rose diamond jewels like an Empress diamond necklace fringed with drop shaped pendants, huge gold crescent and girandole earring, bandeau tied with a knot over brow with plume linked by festoon chains and pendants to jewelled net over chignon at the back of the head...
Gold and silver brooch, the rectangular frame set with a continuous line of diamonds surrounding a sapphire intaglio representing a celebration. A woman in drapery seated on a throne is welcoming two women similarly draped, one kneeling before her offers a bowl full of fruit, the other holds up a wine cup, to the sound of music played by a man standing behind the throne. Intaglio, late 18th century - 19th century, setting modern.
GOLD AND AMETHYST DEMI-PARURE, CIRCA 1820 Comprising: a necklace designed as a graduated series of oval amethyst mounted in pinched collet and beaded surrounds, length approximately 450mm, French import marks, a pair of ear pendants each similarly set with variously cut amethyst.
Gold, silver, and diamond brooch, set with an octagonal sapphire engraved with the arms of Johann Hugo von Orsbeck (1634-1711), appointed Archbishop Prince Elector of Trier, 13 July, and Bishop of Speyer, 16 July 1676, Abbot of Prum and Provost of Weissenburg. Now framed within a foliate border. German. Sapphire intaglio: 17th century. Setting: 19th century. Click for source and additional commentary by Diana Scarisbrick
GOLD CAMEO DEMI-PARURE, MID 19TH CENTURY. Comprising: a necklace of foxtail linking, suspending nine shell cameos depicting the profiles of classical ladies and gentlemen, within fine rope work borders, length approximately 330mm, and a brooch similarly-set.
Napoleon I cameo pendant. Double-sided pendant, the front set with an onyx cameo portrait of Napoleon I facing in profile towards the right, crowned with diamond laurel leaves tied with ribbons, the drapery at the neck similarly set with diamonds, fastened with a brooch bearing the cipher N and pinned with golden bees. The lapis lazuli plaque at the back bears a chased golden eagle gripping a thunderbolt in its claws. Mounted in a plain gold frame with suspension loop. Signed MORELLI.
[DETAIL] GOLD CAMEO DEMI-PARURE, MID 19TH CENTURY. Comprising: a necklace of foxtail linking, suspending nine shell cameos depicting the profiles of classical ladies and gentlemen, within fine rope work borders, length approximately 330mm, and a brooch similarly-set.