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This Victorian double bow brooch is French and was made in the last two decades of the Nineteenth Century. It is made of 15 carat gold, and features 32 seed pearls and five turquoises. Beautifully crafted, it is very feminine in style.

Private collection.

The theme for “Look Closely… on Friday” on Friday 24th of April 2020 is “bow”. I did have a photo of a bow on a box and then I remembered that a friend had this beautiful bow brooch that I had admired over the years. The owner has been kind enough to lend it to me to photograph.

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Jewels, the glitter of the Russian Court – Hermitage Amsterdam
One of the Hermitage’s greatest treasures is the fabulous jewellery collection. Hundreds of them superbly sparkle in Jewels!. Together with many portraits and a profusion of richly decorated gowns and ensembles once worn by the highest echelons at the Russian court in St Petersburg, they represent two centuries in fashion and jewels. Meet the country’s flamboyant empresses – Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great – as well as grand dukes and duchesses, tsarinas and noble fashionistas of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For balls and parties they wore dazzling costumes, set off by bijoux carefully selected to demonstrate identity, taste, breeding and wealth. Jewellery might also be designed to provoke or convey secret messages. Pieces were ordered from leading houses like Cartier and Fabergé. Many pieces were lost following the Russian Revolution. Jewels! presents a glittering array of surviving masterpieces, situated in ballrooms and boudoirs like those of the tsars’ Winter Palace.

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