gold and enamel ‘poissardes’ earrings
These delightful, large 18 carat gold Empire French earrings are of a type know as ‘Poissardes.’ They are the sophisticated result of a style which evolved from the polished mussel shells worn by fishwives as symbols of their trade. Typical of the form are oval backs, a closing from the back to front of the ear, as well as the central s-curve that supports the earrings.
The striking pair here is ornamented with stars and dots with a central circle in which a white flower in a sea of red enamel, France, marked with a tête de cocq for 1809-1819.
weight: 5.1 grams
dimensions 4 x 3 cm.