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Frederick Vernon - Brooch ‘Gallia’Executed by Maison Julien Duval


Frederick Vernon - Brooch ‘Gallia’Executed by Maison Julien Duval

Gold Diamond

Diameter  3.10cm (1.22 in)

Origin French, 1897
Marks ‘F. Vernon’ & GALLIAScene verso marked: ‘EXIIT, AD.COELVM, RAMIS. FELICIBVS, ARBOS’
Case Fitted Case
Weight 15.50 Grams

6 rose cut diamonds 0.30 cts approx
cf. The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Alastair Duncan 1994, volume II, p. 251 La bijouterie Francaise au XIX siecle, vol III, p.558, Henri Vever French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Henri Vever translated by Katherine Purcell, 2001, p. 1050

The Godess Gallia. as was usual with Rome, was adopted & worshipped by the Roman troops recruited from Gaul. See excavations at Vindolanda. Gallia can be seen as part of Northern European mythology epitimized best for example in Wagners Ring Cycle. The portrait on this brooch could have been created for a Wagnerian heroine. See British Museum: Hull Grundy gift museum no 1978.1002.738 'On the reverse is a rising sun seen through a dolmen with a french flag & latin inscription.

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