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19th Century Egyptian Revival Scarab Necklace

19th Century Egyptian Revival Scarab Necklace

$950.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1880

A striking Egyptian Revival scarab necklace dating from the 1880s. The enthusiasm for Ancient Egyptian designs in the decorative arts of the 19th Century is largely attributed to Napoleon's conquest of Egypt. Napoleon took a scientific expedition with him to Egypt, which led to as series of publications called "Description de l'Égypte", beginning in 1809. As a result, themes and motifs including scarabs, pyramids, sphinxes, and ankhs appeared in jewellery, furniture, architecture and paintings throughout the century.

This necklace is particularly well adorned, featuring no fewer than 24 scarabs each one resting in a four claw mount and dangling from the main chain. Of course, they're not actually the scarab beetles of Egypt, which are relatively dull in appearance, but were likely imported from South America especially for use in jewellery making.

STONES 

Real Scarab Beetles

MEASUREMENTS 

Wearable Length: 17 inches

WEIGHT 

20.6g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as pinchbeck

CONDITION 

Very good

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