Lot 7. A Renaissance gold, garnet and enamel devotional pendant of 'The Virgin of the Pillar'. Estimate £2,500 – £3,000 ($3,553 - $4,263). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
The central modelled figure of the Virgin in blue enamel robes with astral star detail and garnet accents, above stylised enamel clouds and polychrome enamel pillar on closed-set table-cut garnet cluster rosette with white enamel petal detail flanked by matching garnet foliate motifs the figure of the Virgin with garnet crown surmount and flanked by enamelled acolyte angels, the riveted openwork back plate with blue, white and green enamel detail, suspending triple pearl two stone drops, Spanish, circa 1650, possible later embellishments, later brooch fitting, 8.0cm
Please note the pearls have not been tested for natural origin
Provenance: Property of a European lady acquired prior to 1985
Note: C.f. Princely Magnificence, Court Jewels of the Renaissance 1500-1630, exh.cat Victoria & Albert Museum 1980-1981, no 107 p.80 for similar pendant, also J.Kugel, Joyaux Renaissance, Une Splendeur Retrouvèe, A.Kugel, no. 63.
This pendant was probably made in the mid part of the 17th century possibly at the workshops at Saragossa and held in the Treasury of the of the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Pillar.
Christie's. JEWELLERY, 6 April 2016, London, South Kensington