Gold Fringe Necklace, Eugène Fontenay, France, Circa 1875. photo Sotheby's

The flexible collar composed of graduated fringes decorated with a meandering filigree scroll motif, gross weight approximately 79 dwts., length 15¾ inches, maker's mark for Fontenay, French assay marks, together with a 2-inch extension. Estimate 10,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 17,500 USD

NOTE: A similar necklace is illustrated in French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, by Henri Vever, translated from the French by Katherine Purcell, p. 841.

Sotheby's. Important Jewels, 02 Feb 11, New York www.sothebys.com