21st May, 2024 10:00

Fine Jewellery and Watches

  Lot 5


A pair of French early 19th century cornelian and enamel 'poissarde' earrings

with an oval shallow cabochon cornelian, set to a fine milled bezel. An outer flat section frame of black champleve enamel to hinged gold fittings. French poinçon 1809 -1819 for items with 'garniture' tested as approximately 18ct gold. 23.00 x 9.90 - 10.80mm, 2.63g

Poissarde earrings were based on a design originally favoured by French 'fish wives'. The 'poissarde' (fish wives) wore them in base metal, which were then copied by the French aristocracy in gold.

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Sold for £300

Condition Report

N.B. This style of earrings from this date, are put into the ear lobe from the back.
Light surface marks.
A chip to the edge of one cornelian cabochon, but the cornelians are tallow cut cabochons, and it may be possible to turn this one over.
Nibbles and chips to the enamel border under 10x magnification.
Fittings in working order.
There may have been additional pendant drops at some stage.



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Auction: Fine Jewellery and Watches, 21st May, 2024


We will be offering viewing, to be held at our London Gallery, Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ:

Friday 3 May - 11.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 4 May - 11.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday 5 May - CLOSED
Tuesday 7 May - 11.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 8 May - 11.30am - 5.30pm

Viewing to be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE:

Thursday 16 May - 10.00am - 4.00pm
Friday 17 May - 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 19 May - 10.00am - 1.00pm
Monday 20 May - 10.00am - 4.00pm

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