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Indulge in the poetic charm of this exquisite antique gold medal featuring the illustrious face of Ovid, one of the triumphant poets of Latin literature. Crafted during the Late Victorian period, circa 1890, it harks back to an era of whimsical motifs and fine feminine craftsmanship. The intricate design showcases the transition from heavy to delicate, with 18K bi-color gold, a harmonious blend of yellow and red. A testament to timeless elegance, this pendant is a poetic tribute to Ovid's enduring legacy.
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Capturing Poetry: The Ovidian Gold Pendant
very good condition
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Late-Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration.
Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837-1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).
We consider this to be of The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period.
Jewelry of this period is changing back from heavy to more smaller, romantic pieces with often whimsical motifs. Jewelers using diamonds and bright gemstones in elaborated and fine feminine pieces.
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.
Source of inspiration
Ovidius or Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – 17/18 AD), known in English as Ovid, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. Although Ovid enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime, the emperor Augustus banished him to a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained a decade until his death.
18K bi-color (yellow and red) gold (touchstone tested)
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height 3,88 cm (1,53 inch)
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4,30 gram (2,76 dwt)
Adin Reference Nº
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