Each composed of an ear hoop of twisted wire, ornamented with a plaque of sheet gold set with a heart-shaped garnet and two tear-drop garnets. Connected to the hoop is a long chain from which is suspended a circular bezel set with an agate (?). Hinged beneath is a miniature amphora formed by filigree decorated gold neck, handles and foot either side of a banded agate body.
Louis De Clercq (1882-1901), Oignies, France
Thence by descent to his grand-nephew Comte Henri de Boisgelin (1901 – 1967), rue de Mazarine, Paris
Aime Péretié (1808-1882) was a collector and antiquarian as well as, from 1844 until his death in 1882, “Drogman Chancelier” of the French Consulate in Beirut. From there he directed and sometimes personally assisted in archaeological excavations, sending off objects to auction in Paris, donating to the Louvre and selling to private collectors. One of his most important clients was Louis de Clercq, who called Péretié his “zealous collaborator” (see H. Cassimatis, “Melchior de Vogue et alii and Cyprus: Monsieur Péretié,” in V. Tatton-Brown, ed., Cyprus in the 19th Century AD: Fact, Fancy and Fiction, pp. 216-221).
The chain loops on the earrings are unusual and must have been made to pass round the back of the ear lobe so that the amphorae and gem-set decoration covered the front of the ear itself. There are earrings of a similar chain structure in the British Museum, acc. no. 1872,0604.532: S. Walker, P. Higgs, Cleopatra of Egypt: from History to Myth, London, 2001, 114; and a closely-related pair of earring joined by a long chain: op. cit. 104.
A. de Ridder, Collections de Clercq, Tome VII, Les bijoux et les pierres gravées, Paris, 1911, pp, 106-7, nos. 585-6.