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|19th century, French.|
Brooch with an 18-karat gold frame including seven cameos of molded turquoise in high relief. The large-dimension central cameo represents Demosthenes in three-quarter profile surrounded by six small cameos decorated with profiles in the classical manner, among which are three busts of women, apparently in the three stages of the life, youth, adulthood and old age, surmounted by three portraits of putti. Motif of gold mesh interlacing the various parts of the cameos, and two more important gold pendants. Horizontal clasp with hinge and long needle. Very high quality of execution.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: 18K gold, turquoise|
|Dimensions: Total weight: 17.3 g/0.610oz ; Dimensions of the central cameo: 3 cm x 2.2 cm/ 1.181''x0.866'' ; Dimensions of the brooch: 6.5 cm x 5.3 cm/ 2.559''x 2.086''|
|Primary Classification: Jewelry for Sale : Estate Jewelry and Modern Jewelry|
|Secondary Classification: Jewelry for Sale|
|This piece perfectly illustrates the European taste of the 1880’s for Neo-classic jewelry.|
Demosthenes (384-322 BC) is a prominent Athenian statesman and orator, once Plato’s pupil. Thanks to the practice of speaking with small pebbles in his mouth, he succeeded in overcoming a speech impediment. For the Moderns, he is synonymous with resistance to tyrannical oppression.
We are led to believe that the three faces of the brooch are the representations of the various periods of his life:A: The early political activity, 351-340 BC, when Demosthenes is a speaker for the opposition against the governing Party which defends the peace at all costs, in spite of Philip II of Macedon's spirit of conquest.B: The Period of Action 340-338 BC: Demosthenes is in power and makes every effort to fight against Philip.C: After the defeat of Chaeronea (338 BC), Demosthenes encourages the fortification of Athens, but after Philip II death, his successor Alexander, after having razed Thebes to the ground demanded the exile of all anti-Macedonian politicians, Demosthenes first of all. He poisoned himself in front of the Macedonian soldiers who came to arrest him.
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