Fine Jewellery

Antique Victorian Set of Blackamoor Pearl Drop Earrings, African Jewelry

$1,143.39

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  • Details
    These are a lovely dainty little pair of Victorian Blackamoor drop earrings. The earrings consist of a pair of black cold painted gold head and necks with silver braided hair. The faces are well defined with the wide nose, lips and eyebrows all of which have lost a bit of their black paint. They have a gold collar with a small diamond button. From the base of the heads hang two natural pearls on a gold chain. From the top of the head a large gold hook is attached with a small claw set emerald at the base of the hook. The earrings are closed with a hook and clasp mechanism.

    The earrings measures 1 3/4 inches from the top of the hook to the base of the pearls.

    The earrings are offered in good condition with some wear to the cold paint on the face and head

    Blackamoor figures are sculptures and other depictions of exoticised figures, usually African males but sometimes other non European races, used in European art in the early Modern period. As jewelry, such figures usually appear in antique Venetian earrings, bracelets, cuff links and brooches. Some contemporary craftsmen continue to make individual pieces, but it is rare becausde of modern day issues woth the depiction of dark-skinned people as "Exotic" and decorative. They are also a traditional type of earring in Rijeka under the name morcic. The Blackamoor is typically male, depicted with a head covering, usually a turban, and covered in rich jewels and gold leaf. They are typically enamelled, carved from Ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colours of the embellishments. Depictions may only represent the head, or head and shoulders, facing the viewer in in a symmetrical pose.
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