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French Paste Pendant, Georgian Period

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French Paste Pendant, Georgian Period

This exquisite pendant is made of french paste in the late 18th to very early 19th century by the finest of french pastemakers, a young gent named Stras who was jeweller to the king of France. Stras took France by storm. His technique and workmanship were incomparable. The curved, round and oval sections are set in silver as was appropriate for the period. Stras conceived a chemical formula for glass that remains undiscovered although other paste makers constantly attempted to duplicate it. The pastes are varied shapes and size. Their settings are tight, a task that took a master. There is no damage to the foiling and so we find brilliant gleaming stones. The form a girandole, a popular design of the time has three suspended drops. Stras made paste and diamond jewels. Paste was not a counterfeit jewel. It was a separate art form from pieces made of gem stones and took fine and difficult mastery. Glass in and of itself was difficult to make. This variety of glass is a unique composite of chemicals that form the greater durability of paste and create a brilliant glow. The setting is wonderful. The reverse, rounded and smooth, reveals the hand that made it and begs its own attention. The stones are tight. The condition is perfect. This jewel is a prize and a great find for antique jewelry collectors and for all lovers of art and beauty. Fine antique paste has become more and more rare at any price. Made in France late 1700's to 1800. See "Georgian Jewellry" by Ginny Dawes and Olivia Collings and "Antique Paste Jewellry" by M.D.S. Lewis for material on paste on on Stras Pendant measures 2 1/2 in long, 2 inches wide. Condition is superb

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