Lot 158
  • 158

A pair of large gem-set earrings with seed pearls, India, late 19th/early 20th century

Estimate
5,000 - 8,000 GBP
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Description

  • gold and pearls
  • each earring: 13cm.¬†with string: 23.2cm.¬†
each of openwork design, with a flowerhead ear-piece with hanging drop and crescent-shape containing two facing birds, gemstones set with foil-backing, seed-pearl fringes, attachment string

Condition

Both in good condition, some wear associated with age and discoloration to reverse, some elements probably later replacements, some hairline scratches in stones and minor oxidisation to some of foiling, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

Stylistically, these earrings share a similar design with a nose-ring (balu) in the National Museum, New Delhi (inv. no.87.1168), attributed to Himachal Pradesh, early twentieth century (Krishan and Kumar 2001, p.177, no.276).