E502 Museum Quality, 22 karat yellow Gold Brooch, Cannetille Gold Work, set with Natural Pearls, Circa 1830, Late Georgian:


Handmade Gold work Cannetille rosettes made of tightly coiled wires. The brooch is set with twenty-five 3/4 natural ocean pearls of 4.5 mm each in a circle on the outer edge of the brooch. The next circle of fifteen 3/4 pearls and 4 mm each in size a 5/8 cut pearl in the center at 6.5 mm. Between the rows of pearls and the center, pearls are rolls of tightly coiled rosettes, beautiful Cannetille filigree work in the 22-karat wire. The high karat of wire is used because it is softer and more flexible to work in making this elegant design.
Information on Cannetille work:
Beautiful gold work, embellishing Antique Jewelry, painstakingly created by master craftsman, in the time period, late Georgian and early Victorian Jewelry incorporated an antique gold work application known as Cannetille 
(a French Word, however, it is thought that Cannetille first originated in England and later adopted in France) and is a recurring decoration in Antique jewelry. Cannetille enhances some of the most impressive antique gold pieces in existence today.
In the 1830's gold was skillfully wrought into antique filigree jewelry in the shape of sprays of flowers, brooches with stylized flowers- the heads of which were made from Persian turquoise, pearls or sometimes citrines and amethyst gems for pansies.
And as if coming to us from a fairy tale as gold spun from a wooden spinning wheel, this exquisite antique gold work technique was used to make light and yet luxurious jewelry.
Cannetille or "canetille" was named after the gold embroideries of the Napoleonic years; a type of embroidery made with very twisted gold or silver thread. The patterns are often in the form of scrolls or rosettes made of tightly coiled wires.
This labor-intensive technique was unfortunately short-lived and fell out of favor soon after it was introduced and no one has dared take up the difficult process since.
Cannetille takes the form of a filigree pattern, where the surface is encrusted with fine detailing in gold, consisting of spirals of wire orgrainti where small granules are used, often enhanced with gemstones or enameling.
This quality Brooch is 1 3/4 inches across, has a pin stem and a safety clasp, which would have been added in the late 19th century or early 20th century. The item was a pendant originally and has a bail that folds under when used as a brooch.

Price: $3,700.00