Antique 18k gold clasp, decorated with enamelled flowers (pansies), coming from Normandy in France.
Antique French clasp enamel pansy on gold 18 karats. This rare clasp of Normandy, in hollow gold, takes the form of a rectangular plate. It is decorated with colored enamel: on each side a blue enameled pansy blossoms in the center of the clasp. Around, a golden frieze on a blue enamelled background frames the flower. Underneath it is inscribed in French “à moi” (of me) because in the 19th century the sentimal jewels used the pansy to make a play of words as in French has the same pronunciation than a thought. So the meaning is “think of me”. Regional clasp of Normandy, French sentimental jewel of the beginning of the 19th century.
Ram hallmark (1819-1838)
Dimensions of the clasp : 21 mm x 34 mm
Condition : scratches from use
Weight : 2,87 gr
**The antique box is not sold with the item**
To know more : below an extract of an article by Valérie Goupil, doctor, expert and historian of the jewel, on the “Bijou de sentiment” in the 19th century: “The “sentimental jewel” is a jewel inspired by love, in its broadest sense: love, fraternal, filial, friendly … Offered, exchanged, token materializing the indestructible link between the person who wears it and his donor. Worn on oneself, sometimes even on the skin, it is a mediator allowing to stay physically in contact with the one you wish to keep close to you. This very intimate jewel, sometimes not “readable” to outside eyes, deploys a delicate ingenuity and uses a very personal language in order to restore the presence of the absent person. The modes of representation are varied: portraits, symbols, emblems, allegories, inscriptions and body fragments are used to make the loved one live with us. ”
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