A Rare Gold Nautical Demi-Parure

French, c.1870


comprising of a brooch and pair of earrings, each in the form of a miniature sailing boat, every detail faithfully recreated, with bamboo masts and sprits, the rivets fastening every board in the hull carefully engraved, the floor of every boat laid with gold boards, with golden thwarts, rowlocks, rudders and tillers, the ropes recreated with twisted gold wires.

Presented in a rare standing presentation case with red velvet interior and chequered leather exterior, a retailers label on the reverse which reads ‘S. PUYOLY CH, SEVILLA.’

French eagle’s head mark for 18ct yellow gold.
Indistinct maker’s poinçon, possibly that of Ciocca & Tatin.

Brooch: 4.2cm (height)
Earrings: 3.2cm (height)


Ernest Ciocca and Victor Tatin were registered at 362 Rue Saint-Denis, Paris. Their mark was active between 1866 and 1872.