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Antoine Raspal

Antoine Raspal - l'Arlésienne


Antoine Raspal, 1738 - 1811.  His Arlesienne is wearing the traditional "Coulas" bracelet as well as
a traditional Maltese cross, musée Granat, communauté du Pays d'Aix

 

 

The Coulas bracelet

Antoine Raspal


antique "coulas" bracelet in gold - collection Museon Arlaten, Arles

 

 

                   
antique "coulas" bracelet in silver - front, back and close-up

 

 

The Maltese cross

                             
Maltese cross from Arles in gold, enamel and diamonds

 

 

 


Maltese cross from Arles in gold, enamel and diamonds

 

 

The Arlesien cross

 


Arlesien cross with seven table-cut diamonds


 

 

The devote or Jeannette cross

 


large devote or Jeannette cross from Arles in gold, silver and diamonds with its long chain and diamond catch - actual size

 

 

 


portrait of a provençale woman montrant comment la grande croix dévote ou
croix Jeannette d'Arles était portée
avec sa longue ensemble de chaînes faisant un tour du cou laissant le fermoir en diamants visible devant


devote or Jeannette cross from Arles in silver and diamonds

 

Antoine Raspal


devote or Jeannette cross from Arles


devote or Jeannette cross from Arles


devote or Jeannette cross from Arles

devote or Jeannette cross from Arles

devote or Jeannette cross from Arles in silver and Rhinestone (or diamonds, the one on the left)

 

 

                 
devote or Jeannette cross from Arles in gold, silver and diamonds
with its triple chain necklace

 

 

Antoine Raspal


jewellery and costume, Arles

 

jewellery and costume, Arles

 

 

 

The Capucine cross

Antoine Raspal

 

 


Capucine cross in gold and diamonds

 
Capucine cross with its slide in gold and diamonds
 
Capucine cross in gold and diamonds

 

The Capucine cross is usually quite large, at least 70mm in height, and set with very small rose-cut diamonds on the cones and the arms.  The bases of the five cones have a circle of black enamel.  It's worth noting that there are no effigies of Christ on the various crosses from the south of France with the exception of the flowered cross from Nice.

 


detail
of the Capucine cross

 

The Badine cross

 

 


Provençale badine cross with its slider from the Arles region, in gold, diamonds and enamel

 

 

The Maintenon cross

 

 


painter - Antoine Raspal (1738-1811), Portrait d'Arlésienne, oil on canvas, around 1760
she's wearing a Maintenon cross with her traditional dress -
musée Reattu, Arles

 

 


 Maintenon cross on display in the Musée provençal du costume et du bijou in the town of Grasse

 

 

         
Maintenon cross gold and diamonds
 

 

The provençale papillon (butterfly) cross

 

The papillon cross from the south of France is quite different to the Flemish papillon cross often worn in the north of France and Normandy.   However, there seems to be a lot of confusion among collectors and one often comes across the Flemish crosses being sold in the south of France as being provençale crosses.  If you look at the provencale crosses closely however, the differences are unmistakable.  They generally have a small bow at the top and between the arms you can distinguish a line which separates into two as it approaches the edge of the cross.  Flemish papillon crosses, called croix à la Jeannette in Belgium, are inexpensive there and it is possible that some antique dealers import them for resale in the south of France.  It could be argued that 150 years ago they were popular in the south of France however I have never come across any in the old collections I’ve bought in the south so I suspect the phenomenon is recent.

 


papillon cross in silver and diamonds

 

 


papillon cross in silver and diamonds
 
papillon cross in silver and diamonds
 
papillon cross in silver and diamonds

 

 

 


papillon cross in silver and diamonds
 
papillon cross in silver and diamonds
 
papillon cross in silver and diamonds

 

 

 


papillon cross in silver and diamonds
 

 

 
papillon cross in silver and diamonds

 

 


"papillon" '(butterfly) cross and ear pendants in the Musée provençal du costume et du bijou 
in Grasse.  It is probable that these are in fact Belgian in origin. 
Click on the photo to see it in higher resolution

 

 

 

The Marie Antoinette cross

 


Marie Antoinette cross from Arles region in gold, silver and diamonds, early 19th century
 


 

The Arlesian necklace

 

 


Arles necklace of gold, silver and diamonds
(the bottom part of the (Flemish) cross is missing)

 

 

 


Three Arlesien necklaces called "rivières" in gold, silver and diamonds


 

 

  


Arles necklace, gold, silver and strass
Click on the photo to see it in higher resolution

 


rivière necklace from Arles in gold, silver and diamonds
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"esclavage" necklace in gold, pearls and enamel
(collected in Arles but not specific to this region)
Click on the photo to see it in higher resolution

 

 


détail of enamelled catch on the esclavage necklace shown above

 

 

 

The provencale fibula


provencal fibula in silver and Rhinestones

 

 


provencal fibula in silver and Rhinestones

 

 


fibulae from Provence in silver and glass
 

 

 

The belt clip or clavier

 

 

 

                  
clavier provençal in silver

 

 

         
clavier provençal in silver

 

 

 

         
clavier provençal in silver

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Two silver belt-clips or chatelaines from the Nîmes area, one decorated with two burning hearts on an altar, pierced by an arrow, the other with a basket of flowers

 

 

        
large provençal clavier entirely hand-engraved
note the extra loop on the back part used to attach it to the skirt with a few stitches

 


 


Provencale belt-clip in gold with two knitting needle holders (affiquets) 1809-1819

 

 

Cicada brooches

 

 


cicada brooches in silver

 


cicada brooch in gold by Giraud

 

 

 

 

 

The Gap cross

    
gold crosses from the region of Gap, French Alps

 bijoux de France

         
gold crosses from the region of Gap, French Alps

 

 


 

    
Dauphiné cross in gold

 

 


Dauphiné cross in gold

 

 

 

 

The Avignon cross


Avignon crosses in gold

 

 

other crosses

 


 plate pattée cross from Nice, gold


 

coral and gold cross


 

 Mistralienne cross,
gold and diamonds

 

 

 

 

 

The flowered cross from Nice

 

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Flowered cross from Nice, gold

 

 

 


Flowered cross from Nice, gold

 bijoux de France - French regional jewelry -

 

         
Flowered cross from Nice, gold, recto, verso

 

 

         
Flowered cross from Nice, gold, recto, verso

 

 

 

Earrings

 


earrings and ear pendants

 

 

 

                 
provencal earrings and ear pendants in gold, silver and diamonds

 

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gold créole earrings

 


 


gold créole earrings

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 bijoux de France - French region

 bijoux de France - French

The Camargue cross


 Camargue cross in silver, modern

 

The Camargue was created in 1926 by Hermann Paul and rapidly adopted by the Camarguais as a symbol of their region.

 


 Camargue cross in gold, modern

 

 

 

Pentacrine-set jewellery

The spa town of Digne-les-Bains became famous in the nineteenth century not only for its health-giving waters, but also for its production of pentacrine-set jewellery.  The pentacrine is a star-shaped fossil which is in fact a segment of the stem of a fossilised animal which esembled a sea-anemone.  Created initially by the jeweller Antoine Colomb around 1850, pentacrine-set jewels were avidly sought after as souvenirs by tourists visiting the town.  Note the two brooches below with the motif of a comet, probably sold during the passage of Halley's comet in 1910.  Digne les Bains was a popular vantage point to observe the passage of Halley's comet (and the sight was much more impressive in 1910 than in 1986!)

 



brooch set with pentacrines, 
silver, Digne-les-Bain
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tie-pin set with a pentacrine, 
gold, Digne-les-Bain
s

pendant set with a pentacrine, 
silver, Digne-les-Bain
s

    

 


gold brooch set with fossilised pentacrines,
c1910 (Halley's comet) from Digne-les-Bains

 


silver brooch set with fossilised pentacrines,
c1910 (during the passage of Halley's comet)
from Digne-les-Bains

 

 

 


silver brooch set with a fossilised pentacrine, Digne-les-Bains


ring set with a pentacrine fossil, 
silver, Digne-les-Bain
s

 


The church of Our Lady of Mercy at Martigues.  The jewels which had been draped on the statue of Mary by grateful pilgrims have now been deposited at the Ziem museum in Martigues

 

 


Arlesien costumes and jewellery according to Racinet in Le Costume Historique

 

 

 


French folk dress from Briançon, antique postcard

 

 

 

Antoine Raspal


French folk dress from Marseille, antique photo

 

contents:

Antoine Raspal - bijoux régionaux - bijoux des régions de France - bijoux provençaux - pentacrines - bague pentacrine - broche pentacrine - bague en corail - broche en corail croix Mistralienne - croix plate de Nice - collier d'Arles - croix Marie Antoinette - croix Capucine - costume provençal - costume Arlésienne - croix dévote - croix Jeannette d'Arles - Les bijoutiers d'étoiles de Saint Vincent de Digne par Viviane Hervois - Le bijou provençal : parures du quotidien et bijoux de fête - Les bijoux traditionnels français par Monique Poulenc et Anne-Michèle Margerie, traditional French jewellery, jewelry, French regional jewellery, antieke zeeuwse streeksieraden in zeeland friesland, Le bijou provençal parures du quotidien et bijoux de fête - Kertenian Rémy - Brabantse klederdrachten en streeksieraden

 

 

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