Grace the Neckline in Georgian Berlin Iron Garlands

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The fine, rare pairing of Berlin Iron and gold combine in this extraordinary garlanded necklace. Five neo -classical iron portraits of historic figures are framed and set in gold. The portraits are crisp and detailed. Iron chain forms garlands bringing graceful curves of iron to the neckline. The necklace sits proudly on the chest in beautiful, balanced display. The piece is so rare that my research finds no photograph of one exactly like it.
The most comprehensive work on Berlin Iron was published by Bard Graduate Center. In that book "Cast Iron From Central Europe" garlanded cameos are shown, none with gold setting. The study states that Geiss seems to be the first to use neoclassical portraits in his jewelry. Berlin Iron jewels exist in the great museums of the world but rarely come to the market . The condition of this piece is marvelous. From the Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Details
Of the Period
Georgian
Place of Origin
Germany
Date of Manufacture
c. 1820-30
Period
1820-1829
Metal
Berlin Iron
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
17.5 in. L
44 cm L
Length
17.5 in. (44 cm)
Dealer Location
Hastings on Hudson, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
J14042532999
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