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This one of only three known similar French rococo rings in 18K yellow gold with a double portrait in profile of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette engraved in an agate cameo comprises such a rich history, that in our time it has become a symbol of forlorn glory and revolution. The full splendour of the 46 rose cut diamonds and eight rubies surrounding the hard stone cameo and topping it with a crown equip this noble jewel to honour its next proprietor as a rare monument possibly for the birth of princess Marie-Thérèse in 1778 and for surviving the French Revolution.
Antique jewelry object group: ring
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of French origin.
Style: Georgian - Georgian style is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United Kingdom, and George IV of the United Kingdom—who reigned in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830.
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Style specifics: Rococo is a style of decoration that followed, c.1730, the baroque style in France (where it was also called rocaille), the principal features of which are asymmetry of ornament and a repertoire consisting to a considerable extent of rockwork, shells, flowers, foliage, and scrollwork. It was developed in France under Louis XV, 1715-74, and spread to Italy, Germany, and Austria and to a lesser extent to England.
Period: ca. 1774
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Whenever we find a piece of jewelry that shows it has a history to it we ask ourselves several questions like: Where was it made? Who orderedit? Who made it? When was it made? Was it meant to commemorate an event and if so, what event? Who was supposed to receive it? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. We have tried to answer some of these questions to the best of our knowledge.
Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette got married in 1770, reigned between 1774 and 1789, the year when the French Revolution started. They got executed on the guillotine in 1793. During their reign, they got frequently portrayed in miniatures, ceramics and hardstone cameos. As in our days one would receive a signed photograph of a famous person, in those days works with their faces on would be given to their friends, political and diplomatic allies and courtiers. Most of the portraits were just of either the king or queen and double portraits of this kind are therefore rare.
When you check the pictures you will also find a copy of their last letters before being beheaded by the guillotine. And we'll give you the translation of these letters a bit further in this text.
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