-French 1920 Art Deco Egyptian Revival Surprise Sarcophagus Charm In 18Kt Gold And Enamel
Egyptian revival Sarcophagus surprise charm.
With the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, Egyptian Revival souvenirs became incredibly popular in the world. This fantastic surprise sarcophagus charm is one of them and one of the most unusual we have ever seen. Crafted with intricate details in yellow gold of 18kt and decorated with red, blue and green enamel. Fitted with a hinged bar to open the sarcophagus and remove the mummy.
Fitted on top with a movable loop to wear in a chain or necklace.
Weight: 1.84 Grams, (1.18 Dwt).
Measurements: 28 mm by 6 mm x 5 mm (1.10 x 0.24 x 0.20 Inches).
Hallmarks: Stamped with, "DEPOSE".
History: Between the 1860 and 1890, ancient cities were discovered, such as Troy, Pompeii and Alexandria. Archaeological excavations in Egypt, Greece and Rome, discovered artistic pieces of these ancient cultures. These fabulous discoveries, stimulated cultural trips to these countries, popularly called "grand tour". Being the case that the enthusiast visitors bring back small objects, like souvenirs to be assembled into jewelry.
The starting point of these trips were in the cities of Rome and Venice. this is why the craftsman's of these cities created small and interesting objects with ancient characteristics like this bracelet.
Revival jewelry: The styles from the renaissance and middle ages, begun in the 1850’s, The Renaissance and Egyptian revivals were joined by a classical revival of Greek and Etruscan styles to conform a new aesthetic. As a result of the construction work on the Suez canal in the mid-1860’s and the Egyptian excavations of Auguste Mariette and the resultant exhibit of Egyptian treasures at the exposition Universelle in 1867, a fascination for all things Egyptian and ancient cultures developed.
Collateral: It is accompanied by a presentation pouchette.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold. Minimal enamel loses. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: P042623MENJ/.0442