An exquisite Neo Egyptian pin crafted in France circa 1890's, lotus flower bloom, solid 18kt gold, excellent antique condition... A touch of history.
Antique jewelry object group: tie pin
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: France
Style: Neo-Egyptian or Egyptian Revival - Egyptian Revival is an architectural style that makes use of the motifs and imagery of ancient Egypt. It is generally dated to the enthusiasm for ancient Egypt generated by Napoleon's conquest of Egypt and, in Britain, to Admiral Nelson's defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Napoleon took a scientific expedition with him to Egypt. Publication of the expedition's work, the Description de l'Égypte, began in 1809 and came out in a series though 1826. However, works of art and, in the field of architecture, funerary monuments in the Egyptian style had appeared in scattered European settings from the time of the Renaissance.
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Style specifics: In our opinion, this object is a product of the second neo-egyptian style in the 19th century. That style has known three revivals since 1800. The first was caused by Napoleon's journey to Egypt (circa 1805-1810). The second revival was caused by the opening of the Suez Canal (circa 1870) and the third was initiated by the discovery of King Tut-Ankh-Amunís tomb (circa 1922).
Period: ca. 1890
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature
Theme: Lotus flower - This might be called the first of all flowers, generally blossoming on stagnant waters with a perfection so sensual and imperious, that it is not difficult to imagine the lotus as the very first sign of life upon the vastness of the primeval waters. Its symbolism is infinite. In the land of the Pharaohs, where it was regarded as the holiest of flowers, 'the blue lotus' suggested the perfume of divine life. On the walls of the tombs at Thebes, the living and dead of a family are shown smelling the blue flow in an attitude of delight and inspired by the magic of rebirth.
Material: 18K yellow gold
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Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838.
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Dimensions: total length 6.46 cm (2.54 inch)
Weight: 4.90 gram (3.15 dwt)
Reference Nº: 12005-0032
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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