A diamond corsage ornament, second half of the 19th century (3)

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Lot 275
A diamond corsage ornament,
second half of the 19th century
(3)

Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 29,419) inc. premium

Jewellery

14 Mar 2018, 11:00 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

A diamond corsage ornament, second half of the 19th century
The tapering latticework of knifewires set throughout with cushion-shaped pendents and rose-cut diamond accents, with an openwork cluster of foliate design, similarly-set and detaching to form an additional brooch, the whole terminating with rose-cut and cushion-shaped diamond pampilles, mounted in silver and gold, diamonds approx. 20.15cts total, accompanied by a collet-set old brilliant-cut diamond, approx. 1.15ct, and an additional brooch fitting, length 13.7c (3)

Footnotes

  • This is an example of the mid-19th century fashion for jewellery "en pampilles". Jewels of this kind were decorated with graduations of cascading gemstones diminishing to a thin tapering point. Various examples of jewellery with gem-set pampilles can be seen in designs by the French jeweller, Bapst (see Henri Vever, 'La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle', Paris, 1906, p.197)
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