Breast Rosette signed by Andreas Gorgias

July 7, 2020

Signed on the reverse with the maker’s mark “AG“, this clasp is by Andreas Gorgias active in Brasov, which was then the capital of the Transylvanian Saxons. From a family of goldsmiths, he became a master in 1671 and was still working as late as 1691. The present huge bejeweled clasp, called a breast rosette is a type favored by Saxon Transylvanian women. Worn medieval-style, it was either pinned to the front of the garment or hung from the neck with a velvet ribbon.