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Ref  FD7   Coque-de-Perle Earrings

Fine quality double-drop articulated coque-de-perle earrings, circa 1780. Coque-de-perles in silver settings surrounded by pyrites, with later gold wires. Coque-de-perle was made from the oval section of a Nautilus shell found only in the East Indies. It was highly prized for it lustrous iridescence and only one 'coque' could be used from each shell.  The earrings are 1 and 3/4 inches long and 2/3 of an inch wide across the bottom drop. Wonderful pinkish grey lustre and immaculate.

£1800

coque1

 


coque2

coque6                             coque4

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Portrait of Mrs Marton wearing coque-de-perle earrings

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Nautilus shell

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