Etruscan Revival Greek Key Pendant
Striking antique pendant in the Etruscan Revival style, characterised by fine applied ropework (three different thicknesses!), bright high carat yellow gold, and an enamelled meander (aka Greek key) pattern around the central bullseye agate cabochon. It's crafted in 15ct gold and dates from the latter half of the 19th century, circa 1870, when such revivalist jewellery was at the height of its popularity.
The Etruscan Revival movement, characterised by its elaborate use of complex designs, often incorporating motifs and themes borrowed from ancient Greece. Discoveries of ancient tombs and artefacts in Pompeii and Herculaneum during the early decades of the 19th century captured the imaginations of the landed Brits, and during the course of the century various revivalist movements came to fruition: Egyptian, Archaeological, and Etruscan, being the most prominent. The intricate goldwork employed by ancient Etruscan artisans enchanted both working jewellers and the high society of the time, indeed it took more than a decade for jewellers re-learn the techniques used by their ancient counterparts - so they say.
Era: Victorian, circa 1870
Size: 3.0cm by 2.3cm
Stone: Banded "Bullseye" Agate
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition. The enamel is pristine. It likely originally had a glazed locket compartment to the reverse.
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