Aigrette or breast ornament: 18th century
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Aigrette or breast ornament, gold, a bouquet of flowers, some on coiled wire 'trembler' stems, enamelled in naturalistic colours, in a two-handled vase set with diamonds. Gold drop-shaped pendants set with diamonds simulate drops of water, an insect on a 'trembler' spring hovers in front of the flowers and a tiny enamelled parrot is almost concealed among the blooms. The leaves of engraved gold are enamelled translucent green, the flowers and buds mainly in thick opaque white with brush-strokes of colour and black. The flowers and the inside of the vase are counter-enamelled with strong bright blue.
1719 AD - 1721 AD