Berlin Iron & Gold Earrings, German 1810s
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Exceptionally fine and rare pair of pendant earrings in black Berlin iron, set with neoclassical cameos on polished steel plates, creating a mirror back effect, and surrounded with a gold wire frame. The earring clasps feature cherub heads with gold ear hoop. Antique German Neo-Classical style and Regency period, from the 1810s.
Because of the style of Berlin iron with the combination of polished steel and gold, and because of the exceptional quality of the detailing, these earrings are attributed to Johann Conrad Geiss (1771-1846), one of the major Berlin iron jewellery makers. See Berlin iron bracelet by JC Geiss in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London here.
Condition: minor surface wear
Size: 3 cm wide x 7.8 cm long, the drop is 6.6 cm long
Style note — Neo-classical style looks back at and draws its design inspiration from the ancient Greece and Rome, and uses those elements in decoration. Most neo-classical items are defined by straight and clean lines, elegant repetitive floral patterns, floral garlands and gadrooning.
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