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18 KT Hardstone Intaglios Necklace c.1860 Eleven Mythological Figures



Eleven mythological scenes are carved in the raised grey-blue section of black banded agate and set in rectangular engraved and hammered plaques separated by architectural links of swirling acanthus leaves creating a necklace and brooch of splendor. The leaves are repeated in the corners of each plaque. The brooch can be attached to the front of the necklace to add a drop. Fine antique tools were used to engrave the miniatures in each agate. Typical of the year in this Grand Period of jewelry, pieces were light in weight and gold kept to a minimum. Good thing as comfort is key in all jewelry. As you enjoy the photograph on the model, you grasp the romantic, feminine and regal nature of this beautiful necklace likely worn by a woman in the court of King Victor Emmanuel 11 of Sardinia. Those at court together with wealthy aristocrats were the only people who could own fine jewelry. The necklace is perfect for any occasion or just the celebration of getting dressed in the morning. Condition is perfect. Further details: The fascinating intaglio scenes include swans pulling cupid's shell boat, a lion, a classical armored warrior kneeling behind another, Gabriel blowing his horn for a winged goddess, a woman serenading cupid on her lyre, a winged mermaid riding a speeding dragon, a discus thrower, a sculptor chiseling at a bust of a classical man, cupid towing a great whale. Perfect condition


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    49.1 g
  • Dimensions
    Depth: 1 in. (25.4 mm)Length: 17.38 in. (441.46 mm)
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  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
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    Seller: #39331stDibs: LU323784121

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