A French 18ct yellow gold fringe-style necklace in the archaeological revivalist style.

GBP 38,500.00

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Object Description

A French gold necklace by Wièse c.1890, designed in the archaeological revivalist style, the fringe-style necklace strung with alternate polished spherical beads and phallic motifs with rope twist and hammered decoration, all to a clasp designed as an ouroboros, the ancient Greek symbol of a snake eating its own tail. The snake and the phallus motif were both used as fertility symbols in classical antiquity, the phallus was also a symbol of good fortune and the snake, particularly the ouroboros, represented life, rebirth and infinity. Wièse has cleverly used a gold alloy with a reddish patina for this piece (as he did with others) to give the impression of an ancient jewel that has been in the earth for many hundreds of years.

Object Condition

Very fine

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