Third Floor Antique Jewelry

Rare Georgian Grisaille Silver Gold Clasps 18th Century

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Pre Victorian: Pre 1800: Item # 1265136

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Third Floor Antique Jewelry
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P.O. Box 223 H
Scarsdale New York 10583
973 620-0119

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Simply wonderful, a pair of Georgian 18th Century sterling silver clasps in their original lined satin, velvet, red leather box. The portraits are of two woman, most likely mother and daughter. The painting is so finely detailed that every tendril and wave is clearly visible. They are rendered in Grisaille, a term used to describe the use of monochrome shades of gray or brown. It is an effective technique of light and shade, subtle and refined, drawing the viewer to the details and depth of the painting.

Each portrait is surrounded by foil back paste stones that are set in crimped rib over collets. There is a convex gold bezel set glass covering each portrait. The gold has not been tested as it could destroy the painting.

I have purchased black velvet and brown ribbon in Paris that would be perfect to complete the bracelets. The choice is left to the buyer. It would be easy to sew them on the clasps to a desirable length. They measure 1 1/4 inches down and 1 1/4 inches across. Wear one bracelet on each wrist, or two together.

The clasps are all original and the condition is remarkable/superb. Any haze seen in the pictures are due to the refection on the glass. The pictures are completely clear. Minute surface scratches visible only with a loop. One or two pastes are slightly dull, mentioned only for accuracy.

They would make a striking pair of bracelets. This is a treasure in an original box. England, circa 1790.