Art Deco 14kt Enameled Egyptian Revival Lorgnette Pendant
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or Egyptian revival jewelry. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
This wonderful lorgnette is from the Art Deco (ca1920s) era and a fabulous example of Egyptian revival jewelry. Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, the unusual piece depicts a pair of folding reading glasses encased in a breathtaking solid gold encasement. The handle of the lorgnette is represented by a long entombed pharaoh who is beautifully detailed on the front and the back with vibrant blue, white, green and red enameling. The pharoah has a fabulous 3-dimensional appearance and adorns brilliant blue hieroglyphics along both sides of the bottom half of the tomb. The eye glasses open mechanically with a small switch at the side of the handle, allowing them to expand outwards. Hand engraved along the inside of the nose bridge of the glasses is "14K." At the end of the gold handle is a gold ring which is perfect for hanging from a chain or watch swivel hook. It's a fabulous and special piece and fine representation of the Deco Egyptian revival period. A true work of art, it would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: When closed, the gold case measures 4" long and approximately 1 5/8" at the widest point. When opened, the space between the edges of the lenses measures 5/8" wide and the length of the curved bridge of glass measures 1 1/8". When fully opened, the eye glasses measure 3 3/4" from end to end.
Condition: The overall condition of the lorgnette is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold handle, encasement or to the eye glasses. The eye glasses fold and move easily and stay secure once placed in the gold cover. The spring button mechanism is in excellent working condition. There is minimal surface wear to some of the enameling, however, none of which is serious or detracts from the beauty of the piece.