Antique Crown of the Doge of Venice Brooch
The Doge was deposed by Napoleon in 1790 and never returned.Since the 1830's, Venetian jewellers have been making their interpretations of the Crown for the Grand Tour visitors. This Ruby rich version is spectacular, set with 9 Diamonds, 3 Emeralds and 2 Rubies in the Crown and countless Rubies in the upper part, all in 18k Gold and the reverse with fine honey comb setting and a safety lock on the catch. There is a fitting at the top that might have held a pendant attachment. Original Venetian fitted case.
Dimensions: 1 3/16 inches wide x 9/16 inches high
Italian circa 1870