A fabulous and rare Victorian pairing of brooch with matching earrings, presented in its original silk-lines fitted box, c1880 and very much in the Aesthetic style. Chased work (engraving) was extremely popular in the era and usually it was used as decoration on pieces by way of scroll work or foliate designs. I really have not seen peacocks depicted in this way so it is a rarer to find design.
In silver, the central peacock in the design sits atop a Grecian or neo-classicist structure, with a row of poplars running to the right of the image and a bush or small tree to the left. The roundels have been created by hand, as has all the chasing. I love that the earrings are also smaller roundels which have been attached to the wire structures of the earrings.
The pieces fit into their own box, covered in ruched purple silk so they look beautiful when put away too.7In good condition- a little patina and the brooch rim is a little loose at the top…a tiny bend in an earring wire. A wonderful chance to acquire a peacock design and as we know, the popularity of the peacock rode right through the centuries and into the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau era.
Brooch diameter is approx 3.2cm and the diameter of the earrings is approx 1.7cm.
The fitted case has some missing leather but still looks great and it is so very pretty internally too. I shall send by Tracked and Signed postage. Thank you.