Antique Georgian 18k Masquerade Earrings
Details: These rare earrings feature exquisitely detailed portraits of two sophisticated masked ladies - an emblem of high society in the late 18th and early 19th century, when masquerade balls were fashionable. Each lady has a distinct sartorial presentation. The portraits are finely rendered in enamel, set in 18k bezels and feature new 14k ear wires.
Masquerade balls were very popular during the 18th and early 19th century and were considered to be somewhat risqué. The masked revelry of the balls allowed for intriguing role play with the suspension of polite societal norms, class hierarchies and traditional gender divisions. Famous or infamous, wealthy or less so, guests flirted with abandon and cavorted into the night from behind their masked identities.
These were probably done to commemorate a particularly spectacular ball and earrings are always difficult to source. Considered highly collectable and having remained together all of these years, this pair is an unusual and exceptional example of Georgian Masquerade Jewelry.
Measures: The portrait ovals are 1 1/16" long by 5/8" wide. The total length is just over 1 1/2" including ear wires.
Origin: English. C. 1790’s - 1800.
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