Queen Anne paste choker

Queen Anne paste choker

A ‘Queen Anne’ paste choker, circa 1760,  in the most desirable shade of magenta pink. ‘Queen Anne’ is a jewellery trade misnomer, as Queen Anne died in 1714. As M.D.S. Lewis points out in ‘Antique Paste Jewellery’ : this style of jewellery took Paris by storm around 1730 to 1740. It is virtually certain that no such pieces existed in France or England before that date. The necklace is comprised of ovals of faceted paste over rose-tinted foil in closed back gilt metal settings. It has the saw-teeth setting edges typical of Queen Anne jewellery. The choker is 12 inches long and has ribbon fittings so it will fit a neck of any size. Each paste section measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Glorious colour, typically bold Queen Anne paste, immaculate.

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portrait of Mrs George Turner wearing a Queen Anne necklace