Rare Important Australian 19thC Pietra Dure Demi Parure Sylla Denis

$5,950.00 $4,995.00

This Rare Important Australian 19thC Pietra Dure Demi Parure Sylla Denis is the Only Known Example recorded in Australia by Mr.Sylla Denis ,  one of Australia’s foremost 19thC jewellers!
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To say that this Rare Important Australian 19thC Pietra Dure Demi Parure Sylla Denis is a rare piece of Australian antique jewellery is a major understatement!

******  AN IMPORTANT DISCOVERY OF EXTREMELY RARE 19thC AUSTRALIAN JEWELLERY   ~   IT IS AN AUSTRALIAN RECORD BREAKER ON SEVERAL FRONTS  &  BY ALL RIGHTS  ~  DESERVES TO BE IN AN AUSTRALIA’S MUSEUM  ***  THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF SYLLA DENIS PIETRA DURA JEWELLERY TO EXIST ***  THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF A AUSTRALIAN PIETRA DURA   ***  POSSIBLY THE EARLIEST KNOWN PIECE/S OF SYLLA DENIS JEWELLERY ,  {Note Sylla Denis ,   Not Denis jewellery >>>>  as I believe that this Exceptional Demi Parure was made by SYLLA DENIS ,   Prior to Victor joining him!!!        If my belief is correct ,  that will simply & at a Minimum ,  add 50%+ to the value of this exceptional jewel   ******

NOTE:~    the bright colours of the pietra dura ,    the change of surfaces , the change of gold colours &  change of textures & design styles such as ‘rope twist’ ,  the crown borders ,  the mirror flat patina  covered border surface in rose gold.       This piece has clearly been made by a superior jeweller with obvious skills for all to see & although , as expected ,  it has incurred  some imperfections over the course of the life of it’s 155 years approx;  it is of not of any major significance & awaits to be worn by the next fortunate owner.

This is a Large suite and I refer you to the image/s with the coins included ,  they will assist in giving you a good idea of the proportions of the demi parure.   The major piece ,  the pendant / brooch ,  is a seriously large piece {as the images show}  &  one of the few seen that is a seriously good size to wear as a pendant!!

After conducting research on this suite for some time ,  I can confidently state that this Demi Parure  or  3 piece earrings & pendant/brooch suite …… are the only known example in recorded Australian jeweller.  

This is an exceedingly rare & highly desirable suite of early Australian investment grade jewellery ,  made by one of Australia’s most revered & sought after 19thC  jeweller’s in Australian history.     
Although not priced as such.

A basic run down on the Sylla family of 19thC ‘Australian jewellers’.

With the patriarch Sylla Denis migrating to Australia from his homeland of France ,  in the early 1860’s  >>>>>> right in the middle of the Victorian Gold Rush.      Like so many able bodied men ,  and several disabled men as well ,  it didn’t take Sylla to long to hit the Victorian gold fields.

Realising that the gold was not lying on top of the ground to pick up at will ,  it wasn’t too long before Sylla Denis was heading east again back into a world more to his liking ,  called Melbourne.

Forever the entrepreneur ,  it wasn’t again too long before he realised that there was a more  regular & better known method of making money out of gold in 1860’s Melbourne Australia   ~   he returned to the workbench & started producing some of the finest jewellery that came out of 19thC Australia.

With near instant success ,  Sylla was promptly joined by his brother ,  Victor  & the business was then called Denis Bros.

The Denis brothers were eventually joined by another family member ,  in the form of their nephew ,  making it a real family business.

With their showrooms at 72-74 Bourke Street Melbourne , they quickly rose to the very top of Melbourne’s High society     making fine jewellery for Melbourne’s elite. They later entered trade fairs & the like ,  winning a first order of merit for gold and silver jewellery at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880.

PLEASE NOTE:!  1} The image of the man himself ,   Sylla Denis.  
2}  2 x ‘cropped half shots’ of a brooch that sold for au$6,100 in 2015 in Melbourne.    
Take note of the extremely basic design of the brooch , probably a custom order by a ‘miner’ returning from the gold fields & having a small nugget mounted onto a very basic 3 bar bar brooch for his sweetheart.

The nugget brooch in question , shown as one example of the prices Denis jewellery rightly obtains  ,   does not compare to the Rare Important Australian 19thC Pietra Dure Demi Parure Sylla Denis suite.

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