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Large Carved Coral Cherub Brooch

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A beautiful example of a carved coral brooch. It was made in Naples from Neapolitan coral, circa 1830, and would have been originally sold to a tourist on the Grand Tour.

The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transit in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage. For gentlemen, some works of art were essential to demonstrate the breadth and polish they had received from their tour, which meant that they purchased portable souvenirs such as this coral brooch.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), Italian
Measurements2.1"(5.3cm) in diameter
ConditionVery good, no chips on coral Small bit of lead solder on catch
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 9ct gold on back fittings
ProvenanceItalian