Presented for your consideration, an exquisite RARE ENAMEL locket pendant made in brass, showing a BEAUTIFUL ELEGANT LADY with a VENETIAN CARNIVAL MASK on its frontal part (see pictures, please). The hinged locket pendant is nicely engraved around the enamel. The locket opens to reveal a hinged frame, as shown at the pictures.
In the Georgian and Victorian eras, masquerade balls were all the rage for the upper classes. Masks were an exciting addition to parties, lending themselves to heavy flirtation and mischief. The masked lady so often depicted in Georgian and Victorian jewelry was a symbol of revelers, party-goers, and the romance, drama, and theatre of masquerade balls. With time, however, jewelers began to create pieces featuring the masked lady as a symbol of love; a number of masked lady jewels include romantic, intimate inscriptions.
Although a variety of shapes, colors, and styles of masks were worn at masquerade balls, the type most often depicted in antique jewelry is the black velvet Colombina mask, meaning the style which covers the eyes and forehead but leaves the mouth exposed. This mask is said to have been invented for an actress playing Colombina (little dove) in the Commedia dell'Arte in the 15th century. The actress did not want her entire face to be hidden by a mask because she was extremely beautiful. Thus, the half-mask was born. Meanwhile, the color black in masks symbolizes sophistication, mystery, and seduction.
MEASURES: 37mm high including its hanging ring, 26mm wide
Estimated AGE: circa 1890, Victorian era
GENERAL CONDITIONS: very good general conditions, showing normal-light wear. The locket pendant comes in an antique box showing wear. Please refer to the pictures.
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