This huge, spectacular brooch is made up from an Ancient Egyptian winged scarab group in Shabti, or blue-glazed earthenware, about 3000 years old. The scarab was the symbol of eternal life, and winged scarabs were placed underneath the wrappings on a mummy's chest to ensure its owner's transport into the other world. The unusually large size of this example indicates a very important person. The gold mounting was done probably at one of two periods - either around 1869 when the Suex Canal was opened by the French Empress Eugenie, for which Verdi wrote Aida, or in the 1920s after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb created another bout of Egytomania. The mount, tested as 18ct, is extremely well made. One wing has been skillfully repaired, and may be associated with the other two sections. The brooch is 6 inches: 15 cms in width.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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