Pendant in the shape of a cross rosette, Germany, 2nd half of the 16th century. Gold, cast and enameled. Middle piece used: rosette of 5 tabular cut rubies and 4 emeralds, including elongated diamond pointed stones and ruby, on 2 ridges verniete. H 6.5 cm, W 4.6 cm. Green Vault, VIII 289 © Dresden State Art Collections.
27 décembre 2017
In the Green Vault, a gem in the form of a cross rose from the possession of the Elector Anna of Saxony has been preserved. The upper part of the trailer is a rosette of tabular cut emeralds and rubies. The "trunk" consists of a drop-shaped, faceted diamond and a Tafelrubin. All gemstones are set in box settings, the sides of which are decorated with black enamel and a recessed ornament. At the "trunk" nestle two petite white greyhounds. Above the rosette is a human head, below the large ruby an animal head in plastic rolling and fitting to recognize. The back of the rosette pendant carries mauresque ornament forms in colored deep cut enamel. The compact forms of goldsmith work are closely related to another follower in the Green Vault, see inv. no. VIII 286. The enamelled versions of the gemstones are alike. Comparable Maureskenornamente appear on backs of gems from the possession of Duchess Anna of Bavaria (Kleinodienbuch the Duchess Anna of Bavaria 1552-1555, BNM, Cod.icon 429). A portrait of Philippine Welser, wife of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, around 1576 in Ambras Castle, shows the same with a very similar pendant.