12 mars 2014
Pendant. Gold filigree and pearls; 11 x 11,5 cm. Spain, circa 1670. Photo courtesy Deborah Elvira A two part filigree structure in a bow shape, covered in pearls, with a cluster of bigger gems in the middle. This type of jewel, known in Spanish as corbatas were popular towards the end of the 17th century, set either with pearls or gemstones (see the portrait of María Luisa de Orléans, by Carreño de Miranda, in the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe ). However, examples like this are rare as such delicate work is so fragile that it has... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2014
Pendant depicting the monogram of the Virgin, in enamelled gold, lapis-lazuli, and paste (glass), made in Spain, about 1600-1630. Victoria & Albert Museum, London © V&A Images.
09 février 2014
Spanish, last quarter 17th century and later pendant with a baroque pearl in the form of a hippocamp
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,... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2014
Pendant, Portugal, c.1750. Part of a stomacher, citrines and yellow topazes set in silver. Victoria & Albert Museum, London © V&A Images.
26 novembre 2013
German, 17th century, Pendant with a skull cameo. Photo courtesy Sotheby's jasper, mounted in gold; 38mm., 1½in. Estimation 4,000 — 6,000 GBP A similarly conceived, though possibly Roman, skull in amethyst is illustrated in J. Boardman et al., The art of gem engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon III, exh. cat. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Fukuoka City Museum, 2008, pp. 213 and 355, no. 252. Sotheby's. European Sculpture & Works of Art. London | 04 déc. 2013, 11:00... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2013
Spanish, late 16th century, Pendant in the form of a mermaid. Photo courtesy Sotheby's enamelled gold, set with a Baroque pearl, adorned with smaller pearls, suspended from a later metal pin; 7cm., 2 3/4 in. (excluding pin). Estimation 4,000 — 6,000 GBP The use of the Baroque pearl demonstrates the skill of the jeweller to adapt nature to a work of art. Such pendants were popular from the second half of the 16th century, in particular in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. A very similar pendant was sold in these rooms on 17... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2013
Pendant with standing ram, Spain or Spanish colonies, circa 1600, in gold, enamel, spinel and pearls from the Waddesdon Bequest, British Museum, London © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.
31 août 2013
Chinese Yellow Jade Pendant. Photo courtesy Doyle New York Of rectangular form, carved in low relief to one face with a bat and monkey seated on an auspicious cloud, the reverse with a bat and peach, within an openwork frame of confronting dragons, phoenix, bats and scroll work, silk tassel, with coral and glass beads, the stone an even yellowish-green tone. Height 2 3/8 inches. Estimate $25,000-35,000 Provenance: Property of an American Collector Doyle New York. Asian Works of... [Lire la suite]
14 août 2013
Pendant, Venice, late 16th century. 3.3 inches. AF.2859. British Museum © The Trustees of the British Museum Pendant; gold; enamelled and jewelled; shaped, pierced plaque; Virgin(?) with chalice; quatrefoil pendant at base between two chains attached to pelican in her piety with jewelled wings and baroque pearl for breast; below: monster in coral attached by loops from which hang three quatrefoils with pearl at base of each.
07 août 2013
Hercules Pendant, Unknown. French, Paris, about 1540. Gold, enamel, and a baroque pearl; 2 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. 85.SE.237. The J. Paul Getty Museum ©J. Paul Getty Trust This type of jewel was worn as a pendant, suspended from a chain around the neck or pinned to the sleeve of a garment. Depicting Hercules raising the pillars at Cadiz, this pendant was presumably made for a man, with the wearer reflecting the symbolic qualities of physical strength and courage of its subject.... [Lire la suite]