French Antique Ring, baroque pearl, stork Aesops fable

French antique Object d’Art circa 1860
– Inspired by Aesops fable The Stork and the Fox –
Every now and then we run into a piece that is the cherry on our antique jewelry cake. Such is the case with this ring. So much to see, the story behind it, so much to find out about and the pleasure of holding something in your hands showing such high level of craftmanship…. one of the true pleasures in our trade.

Vernier, famous French medaillist

E. Vernier is a famous French medaillist, that was one of the foremen of the revival of the medaillist art in France around 1886. He was also a collaborator of Falize (other famous French jeweller) and awarded the prestigious “Medal of Honor at the Salon”.

A similar pin is depicted in the famous “jewelry bible” by Henri Vever “French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century” in the English translation on page 1048.

Antique Saint Esprit gold pendant strass stones oil vinegar French Provincial 1790-1800

Pendant called “Saint Esprit” or holy spirit speckled with white and green enamel and has foiled paste stones with a magical pinkish/red/gold colouring called “oil and vinegar”. Three “pendeloques” or pendent elements set with stones are articulated to the dove.

This pendant belongs to a rare collection of French Provincial gold crosses and Saint-Esprit pendants. Saint Esprit was a religious icon and worn by French wealthy peasant women throughout the eighteenth century, both a symbol of faith and a fashion statement.

You can find this rare piece of jewelry in the book “Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830” written by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, page 153.

According to the Bible, the dove of “Saint Esprit” or Holy Spirit descending from heaven to earth with wings spread is the symbol of love, but it is also the spirit of power. The Protestants took it as a rallying point. Mixed With religious symbolism and ancient memories, this bird was quickly assimilated to the union and a promise of fertility. It is the symbol most often represented in Normandy in the 18th century.

This pendant presents three “pendeloques” or pendants called “tears of Christ” or “gourds of pilgrims”. This type of jewel was worn by beautiful and wealthy peasant women in France before the Empire period.

As quoted “The women of lower status wear around the neck small gold cross hanging from a narrow velvet ribbon, elegant women wear a gold chain which is attached a Saint Esprit descending to the middle of the breast.”

Pendant “Saint Esprit” ref.10031-4376

18 carats yellow gold, strass stones

date: 1790-1800

origin: France – Auvergne

height 7.55 cm (2.97 inch)

Fine antique French locket flowery motifs

Fine antique French locket pendant oval shaped flowery motifs pearls gold France 1860s

Fine antique French locket

This locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a curl of hair. Lockets are usually given to loved ones on holidays such as Valentine’s Day and occasions such as Christenings, weddings and, most noticeably during the Victorian Age, funerals.

Lockets are generally worn on chains around the neck and often hold a photo of the person who gave the locket, or they could form part of a charm bracelet. They come in many shapes such as ovals, hearts and circles and are usually made of precious metals such as gold and silver befitting their status as decorative jewellery.

Lockets usually hold only one or two photographs, but some specially made lockets can hold up to eight. Some lockets have been fashioned as ‘spinner’ lockets, where the bail that attaches to the necklace chain is attached but not fixed to the locket itself which is free to spin, this was a common style in the Victorian Age.

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

 

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

This pendant belongs to a rare collection of French provincial gold crosses and Saint-Esprit jewelry.

Saint Esprit was a religious icon and worn by French peasant women throughout the eighteenth century, both a symbol of faith and a fashion statement.

You can find this rare piece of jewelry in the book “Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830” written by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, page 153.

It is speckled with enamelling and has foiled paste stones with a magical pinkish/red/gold colouring called “oil and vinegar”, 18 high Carat yellow gold.

Circa 1790-1800, the jewel is in pristine condition. It can be worn upon the neck or upon the décolleté.

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Antique Ring Empire Style French Revolution : Painted Porcelaine & Ancient Woman

Antique Ring Empire Style French Revolution : Painted Porcelaine & Ancient Woman

Antique Ring Empire Style French Revolution : Painted Porcelaine & Ancient Woman

This magnificent antique ring in excellent condition and well preserved comes from a long distant time, from tumultuous times, those of the French Revolution…

In long oval shape, the ring is depicting a standing woman in ancient Roman colorful dress hand painted on porcelain surrounded by 20 seed pearls. The sides of the 18 high Carat yellow gold band is fine and elaborated. There are no trace of hallmarks, which is not uncommon for pieces of jewelry made around the French Revolution.

Circa 1800, this romantic ring is in authentic Empire style, a style that borrowed style specifics from the ancient Greeks and the Roman empire (hence the name of the style: Empire). The empire period represents the second part of the Neo-Classical style, and shows a strong French influence. The style originated in the desire of Napoleon to revive the luxurious majesty of imperial Rome. Traditional classical motifs, already seen in the reign of Louis XVI, were supplemented by symbols of imperial grandeur- the emperor’s monogram and his emblem, the bee; representations of military trophies; and after the successful campaigns in Egypt, Egyptian motifs. If we had to characterize this style briefly, we could focus on two elementary concepts: massiveness and symmetry.

The length of the top of the ring is 21.5 mm (0.85 inch) and weighs 2.20 grams. The finger USA size is 8 and we can resize it for free. Delivered with its authenticity certificate.

Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals

 

Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals

Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals

The subject of this romantic necklace, although typical 19th Century, announces the coming of the Art Nouveau style. Romance and love are symbolized by beautiful flowers : refined roses with highly detailed petals in 18 high Carat yellow gold.

In beauty, shape and scent, the rose is outstanding and hence has become the most commonly used floral symbol in the West. Roses have symbolical meanings in classic and Christian art. For example Venus was associated with roses, symbolizing love and beauty, whereas Virgin Mary sometimes was called a « rose without thorns » because of her purity.

Made in France around 1900, we are sure of the origin of this necklace because of the French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle’s head that was in use in France from about 1838. The necklace weighs 10.20 grams and measures 42.00 cm (16.54 inch). Delivered with its authenticity certificate.