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Pendant

Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Portugal (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with table- and rose-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Geoffrey Webb

  • Museum number:

    M.17-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the 17th century, new ways of cutting gems, particularly diamonds, led to a new style of jewellery throughout Europe, in which the gems themselves had greater prominence. This pendant, made from sheet gold cut in a delicate openwork pattern resembling filigree and set with facetted diamonds in raised settings, is typical of that trend. This specific design, known as a sequilé pendant, is mainly found in Portugal, where it became part of the traditional costume in the 19th century.

Physical description

Oval two-part pierced gold pendant set with diamonds in closed settings. There are four smaller pendants attached to its lower edges, two at either side, and two more hanging in internal spaces at the top. There is a loop for suspension on the back at the top, and traces of an additional brooch fitting.

Place of Origin

Portugal (made)

Date

1700-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with table- and rose-cut diamonds

Dimensions

Height: 6.7 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Gold pendant (sequilé), set with table- and rose-cut diamonds, Portugal, 1700-1750.

Materials

Gold; Diamond

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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