*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE~Silver gilt +enamel singing bird cage of delicate size + of very fine quality.Has canted corners sits on four paw feet + the base is decorated w/inlaid blue enamel in a floral design.To the centre of the four main sides of the base a silver medallion shows two cupids fighting,it is further decorated w/florets,floral corner mounts + cherub heads.The cage itself is held up by 8 decorative collumns w/ acanthus decoration to the base.German or Austro-Hungarian, c.1910.
A Navaratna Pendant | India Jaipur | 18/19th Century | A crescent moon pendant inlaid with rubies diamonds and emeralds in the kundan style with a flower within the crescent which has the nine holy stones (navaratna) unusually revolving around an emerald. The reverse has fine Jaipur enamel of flowers and birds in red, green and blue enamel on a white ground.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the bright blue decorations on traditional Chinese jewellery are enamel or metal work. However, historically, these were in fact made with tiny kingfisher feathers - and I mean TINY, having seen some similar pieces in person! The effect looks almost like silk embroidery and is a testament to the amount of craftsmanship that went into these pieces.
Headdress. China. Each piece is inlaid with kingfisher feathers and beads of coloured glass. They are attached to a silver backing and are decorated with (probably) imitation pearls. The use of kingfisher feathers in Chinese ornaments has a long history but very often because of the materials they don’t survive.