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Spanish, last quarter 17th century and later pendant with a baroque pearl in the form of a hippocamp. Photo Sotheby's

pearl and enamelled gold; 5.7cm., 2¼in. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP

The attractive enamelled gold frame from this pendant is very close to another belonging to the Hispanic Society of America, New York (Muller, op. cit. pp. 127-9, fig. 203). Such frames are believed to have been made in the Mediterranean regions of Spain.

RELATED LITERATURE: P. E. Muller, Jewels in Spain 1500-1800, New York, 1972, pp. 127-9, fig. 203; Y. Hackenbroch, Renaissance Jewellery, London, 1979, p. 326; Renaissance Jewelry in the Alsdorf Collection, cat. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2000, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 46, 68-71

Sotheby's. European Sculpture & Works of Art: Medieval to Modern . London | 03 Jul 2012.