Sotheby’s to Hold Extraordinary Egyptian Revival Jewelery Sale – Robb Report


Egyptian Revival jewelry is about to make another highly anticipated comeback. Sotheby’s is organizing a sale called “Egyptomania”, which will feature a multitude of jewels inspired by the ancient Egyptian world. The pieces will go on sale during Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale on December 7. But for those who just want to dream a little, they will be on public display, first in Dubai from September 26-28 and then in Sotheby’s New York galleries from November 30-December 6.

Castellani Micormosaic and Carved Beetle Necklace


Egypt-focused events coincide with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, which sparked global interest in ancient culture that spawned jewelry designs, as well as architecture, sculpture and even decorations, imitating the shapes, colors and patterns of the great Egyptian empire. But the sale also covers fervor for ancient Egyptian culture dating back to before the Roaring 20s, when Tut’s tomb was unearthed in 1922. Pieces dating back to the 19th century, like the stunning micromosaic necklace accented with scarabs carved by Castellani from the 1860s (estimated at between $450,000 and $650,000), reveal that the obsession was alive and well before the king rose from the dead. And take, for example, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stone bead necklace set in 18k gold that mimics a Menat, an ancient Egyptian design attached to an amulet intended to ward off evil spirits. The Tiffany & Co. necklace, designed in 1913 after Tiffany’s trip to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, was embellished with a giant lapis lazuli stone amulet for even more glamorous armor.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Necklace for Tiffany & Co.; Castellani micromosaic brooch


Thanks to historical events such as Napoleon’s campaigns in Egypt, Thomas Young’s study of the Rosetta Stone and Jean-François Champollion’s deciphering of hieroglyphs in the 19th century, “Egyptomania” was alive and well before King Tut ignites the imagination of artists during the period of freedom. ride 20s.

The sale, however, will also cover the enduring fascination with Egypt down to the pieces of today and will be a must-see for anyone who appreciates the decorative arts born from one of the greatest cultures of ancient civilization.


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