Drapery necklaces are very fashionable necklaces in the 19th century, with a garland style that goes down over the collarbones and dresses the top of the neckline. They are often finely executed necklaces, with long links, decorated, sometimes with stones or pearls. These necklaces are easy to wear, discreet and elegant.
Marius Hammer Skønvirke necklace in silver. Art Nouveau “drapery” necklace, composed of a line of sky-blue and white enameled elements with filigree decoration, holding four linked chains decorated with enameled pendants. In the center, a three-lobed element in plique a jour enamel completes the composition and holds three drops. The necklace closes with a fine bayonet clasp. Attributed to Norwegian Art Nouveau jeweler Marius Hammer. Art Nouveau necklace, circa 1900.
Length: 43.5 cm Dimensions of central elements: 16 x 5.5 cm
Condition: slight oxidation, two metal rings, small white enamel chips
Weight : 18.56 gr
A similar model of this necklace is listed at Tadema Gallery, London. : click here
Precision: Skønvirke is the term used to define the Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts period in Norway. The period spans from 1900 to 1925.
Georgian agate drapery necklace in yellow and pink gold 14 karats (585 thousandth) and 18 karats (750 thousandth). Rare and old necklace drapery and negligee composed of cabochons of cornaline, alternated with cabochons of agate dendritic. The gems are linked together by fine chains of braided 18 karat gold. In the centre of the composition, the carnelian cabochon is surrounded by fine pearls and holds two moss agates in pendeloque (sloppy necklace effect). The clasp is a ratchet box, which is discreetly hidden under an element of the necklace.
Antique necklace, 19th century, probably English work.
Georgian citrine paste seed pearl necklace in rose gold 9 karats (375). Rare necklace dating from the 1st Empire (Napoleon Ist, circa 1810) composed of eleven faceted oval glasses imitating citrine, in closed gold settings surrounded by lines of small fine pearls. Each link is connected by two gold chains also decorated with small pearls. The clasp is a ratchet box, it is hidden in a faceted glass link. Antique necklace, circa 1810. Cloverleaf hallmark, later addition of the French customs.
Cloverleaf hallmark, later addition of the French customs.
Length : 39 cm Size of one element: 17mm x 21 mm
Note: a safety chain is connected to the clasp and is later than the jewel. Condition: traces of glue on the clasp and the element next to it, usual wears
Victorian French drapery necklace in yellow gold 18 karats. The necklace is composed of alternated links, some with twisted decoration, others with rose decoration. The twisted elements hold in pampille of the golden scrolls decorated with a natural pearl. A stone imitating sapphire (doublet garnet/glass) adorns the centre of the composition, decorated on both sides with laurel leaves holding scrolls adorned with a fine pearl. This necklace has five natural pearls in total. Antique french necklace from Victorian period, Napoleon III, circa 1870, France.
Eagle head hallmark, hallmark 750
Dimensions of the central decoration : 3.2 cm x 12.8 cm
Length of the necklace : 45 cm
Victorian French silver paste necklace in silver (800 thousandths). It is composed of links decorated with round faceted paste stones framed with stylized leaves. The necklace holds a large silver plate with floral decoration, holding a drop-shaped pendant, topped with leaves. The whole is entirely decorated with paste stones on foils, of white or slightly yellow color. The necklace closes with a ratchet box with a leaf motif. French regional necklace, probably from the Normandy region, from the second half of the 19th century, France.
Boar hallmarks, illegible goldsmith’s hallmark
Total length of the necklace : 41,2 cm
Dimensions of the central motif: 70 mm x 45 mm