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This pair of Tiffany 18ct gold Japoniste earrings are estimated at $2500-4500 at Rago Arts’ sale of on December 2. Image courtesy of Rago Auctions.

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As Richard McCormick, the US commissioner-general to the exposition wrote, “[the collection] is an outgrowth of [Japanese] subtle appreciation of contrast and effect, and their love of nature, which, with its simple and truthful application of plants, blossoms, flowers, and other natural objects, stands in marked contrast to the decorative mannerisms prevailing in Europe.”

This pair of 18ct gold Japoniste earrings designed as fan-form pendants with applied and engraved rose and green gold birds among bamboo and blossoms date from the period. At the Rago Arts sale of Fine Jewelry in Lambertville, New Jersey, on December 2 the estimate is $2500-4500.

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