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Georgian “L'Amitié” Lovebirds Sepia & Hair Locket
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An utterly remarkable, near immaculate Georgian pendant (formerly a brooch) featuring a depiction of lovebirds perched atop a birdbath beneath a crown and banner which reads "L'Amitié". The scene is rendered in macerated hair, gold wire and sepia ink on a thin slice of vellum. The reverse side holds an empty locket.

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  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), glass, vellum, hair and sepia ink design

  • Age

    c. 1790

  • Condition

    Very good - a few minor scuffs to the glass; almost certainly converted into a pendant from a brooch

Georgian

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17141837

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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