by Joy Jones

I have a fondness for collecting reproduction jewelry created from history, in particular historic paintings.  A favorite in my collection are a pair of earrings created from the artwork of French artist, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and his portrait of "Madame Jeantaud au Miroir" (Mrs. Jeantaud in the Mirror).  The painting was done in 1875.

Degas Madame Jeantaud portrait

In this beautiful portrait, a well dressed Madame Jeantaud appears to be glancing at herself in the mirror one last time before she goes out.  Her charming earrings are the only jewels she wears in the portrait.  Madame Jeantaud was a real life person known to Degas, as she was the wife of a friend and comrade in arms from the Franco-Prussian war in 1870.

Madame Jeantaud earrings

On a trip to France, I purchased my earrings in Paris at the Louvre Museum.  As jewelry and history are my thing, I was thrilled to find these earrings that expressed both my passions!  Although these earrings are no longer available at the Louvre, you can purchase a pair from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, where the original portrait of Madame Jeantaud is displayed today.

historic reproduction jewelry earrings

No time for a shopping trip to Paris?  Here is a link to the museum gift shop at the d'Orsay in Paris where you can purchase a pair for yourself.

Madame Jeantaud au Miroir Earrings



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