The finery of the Pharaoh’s.
The finery of the Pharaohs and sophisticated art of the ancient Egyptian people has stood the test of time, influencing designers and artisans still to this day. Here we look at the mysticism and magic of collectible Egyptian French revival pieces from the 1920s onwards, and their dramatic effect on any outfit.
Dimensions: Length: 13cm - Width: 3cm
Materials: Mixed Metals / Brassy Gold Plating / Sapphire Blue Coloured Venetian Glass Beads / Clear Crystal Rhinestones
Style: Earrings - Pierced
Era: c. 1940's - Purchased in USA
Condition: Excellent, hook has been replaced.
A necklace worth preserving in a museum. This French Deco piece, decorated with a scarab centre truly depicts the wonders of the 1920's to 30's French Egyptian revival. The combination of Galalith with Venetian glass creates a striking, yet delicate necklace.
Materials: Galalith, Metal, Venetian Glass
Dimensions: Entire length - 70cm
Era: c. 1930's
Condition: Good, (aged patina)
This impressive Egyptian influence necklace is incredibly rare and in perfect condition, this 1920's French piece is an absolute beauty. Made from carved Galalith and set into brass. A true example of the 1920's Egyptian revival era.
Materials: Galalith & Brass
Dimensions: Length inc ornamental tassle: 34 cms
Pendant dimensions: Length - 5.7cms Width - 10cms
Era: c. 1920's
Condition: Excellent, All Original including clasp.
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Tutmania in the Roaring Twenties: When Ancient Egypt was in Vogue
For centuries, Ancient Egypt has held the fascination of the public and continues to inspire artists and designers alike. With the discoveries of Egyptian tombs, and the treasures within, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the exotically opulent lives of the Pharaohs were beyond anyones imagination. Of all the precious objects unearthed in the tombs, the lavish jewels were perhaps the most fascinating for their extravagance and never-before-seen symbolism.
When archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, it set off a global firestorm. The beginnings of the decade's Egyptomania started five years earlier with Cleopatra starring Theda Bara.
The American fashion shows of 1923 in were filled with Egyptian inspired garments. Silk merchants saw a typically slow period improve. Silk company Cheney Brothers sent one of their designers to Egypt for inspiration, and designers from other companies went to the Metropolitan Museum for ideas. The 1925, International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris featured clothes that used Egyptian patterns to influence geometric shapes and simple, basic lines. Colors came in shades like Nile green. There were ancient Egyptian patterns on handbags, cigarette holders, and jewelry. Images of sphinxes, lotuses, camels, and palm trees could be found in stores across the country. Fashionable women wore headpieces. Scarab-shaped jewelry mimicked Egyptian jewelry, and the trend influenced jewelers like Boivin, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, and Cartier. Cartier used striking, bright precious and semi-precious stones like emeralds and lapis lazuli on some of its designs.
First discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, the tomb of King Tut yielded an astonishing array of grave goods—more than 5,000 artifacts, many of them in pristine condition.