These unique 18K yellow gold French Victorian cufflinks from 1890 depict four grinning portraits resembling characters from Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy theatre. Through a cable chain, one cufflink connects assumingly a Satyr with horns and pointyears to a devilish persona with pointed ears as well and fangs. As for the other cufflink, the portrait of a foolish old man with a moustache, a goatee and horns fit to impersonate Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, is hanging besides a feminine face withpointed ears resembling Medusa or a female worshipper of Dionysos. With even every backside individually modelled and with the finest hinges on the back, these masculine jewels are a sample of pure French sophistication, which will assist you in any performance in this play without rehearsal that we call life.
Antique jewelry object group: cufflinks
Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin: France
Style: Late-Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration.
Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. - See also: late-Victorianor more info on styles
Style specifics: Late Victorian / early Art Nouveau - The subject of this piece, although typical 19th Century, announces the coming of the Art Nouveau style.
Extra information: These cufflinks are a strong representation of the craftsmanship of the medallists of the Late Victorian era in France. Designers continued to use this technique of engraving medals extensively during the Art Nouveau period. The manufacturing of thistype of jewellery became so widely known and appreciated, that the makers deserved their own style division, called "the medallists".
Period: ca. 1880 - (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)
Source of inspiration: Mythology
Theme: Four comedy and tragedy masks (?)
Material: 18K yellow gold - (more info on precious metals)
Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838. - (more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: each head approximately 1,77 cm (0,70 inch) x 1,17 cm (0,46 inch)