Antique, Georgian, black-dot white paste, minature portrait of Marie Antoinette bracelet, Circa 1770
An exquisite Antique, Georgian pinchbeck bracelet made with a central, 34×24.5mm oval section, featuring a hand painted portrait of Marie Antoinette, glazed with a domed piece of rock crystal.
Surrounding the minature portrait is a double row of black dot white paste. There are a total of sixty-four glistening paste, each measuring between 3 – 3.6mm mounted in a crimped setting. They are vibrant, bright and all look to be original.
The clasp is attached to a black armoire ribbon and has a slide in clasp fitting.
A rare beauty, this magnificent bracelet is in very good condition.
MEASUREMENTS: 7 ” / 18 cm long and 1.5″ / 4cm wide
WEIGHT: 22.7 GRAMS
DATE: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Antique Paste Jewellery:
Paste is cut leaded glass that is faceted to resemble gems or precious stones. Often referred to as Strass (after Georges Frederic Strass), an 18th century Parisian jeweller. Strass became world famous for his paste jewellery after he was appointed jeweller to the King of France in 1734. He used a mixture of glass and lead that makes glass highly reflective and began mounting them in the most sumptuous of settings. The stones are coated with a metal coating or foiling, sometimes tinted, to make them even more brilliant and refractive. Paste jewellery soared in popularity during the mid and later 18th Century, Marie Antoinette wore it copiously.