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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (province) (made)

  • Date:

    1830-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red and yellow gold and filigree, with a blue enamel plaque

  • Museum number:

    262-1868

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 76, shelf B, box 6

The traditional jewellery of the south of Italy is quite different from that of the north. Pendants like this are the most typical example. They are made of very fine yellow gold filigree, overlaid with shapes cut out of red sheet gold, and are sometimes decorated with a small plaque of enamel. This pendant has stylised rays of the sun, but other motifs, such as stars, hearts and crescent moons, are also common. It was probably intended as a wedding gift.

This pendant has gold marks which show that it was made in the south of Italy in the first half of the 19th century. The same distinctive technique was also used for earrings and finger rings. Similar pieces are still being made today in the same region.

It was bought as part of the Castellani collection of Italian Peasant Jewellery at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.

Physical description

Flat pendant shaped like a snowflake of fine yellow gold filigree, with a pierced red gold applique partly covering the front, and a central motif of blue enamel.

Place of Origin

Naples (province) (made)

Date

1830-1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Red and yellow gold and filigree, with a blue enamel plaque

Marks and inscriptions

Woman's head between the characters 'N' and '6' in a rectangular frame.
Mark used for gold, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (southern Italy) 1832-1872.
On back of the suspension ring.

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm, Width: 4.7 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm

Descriptive line

Yellow gold circular filigree pendant, with red gold and blue enamel overlay, Naples (Italy), 1830-1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Italian Jewellery as worn by the Peasants of Italy', Arundel Society, London, 1868, Plate 10
Percival, MacIver, 'Chats on old jewellery and trinkets', T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1912, p.197, fig. 6

For a similar example, see:
Catalogue, ‘l'Ornamento Prezioso’, Rome/Milan, 1986, Tab.62, fig. 300
For similar examples, see
Gandolfi, Adriana, 'La Presentosa', Poligrafica Mancini, Sambuceto, 2015, pp.44-5.

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Techniques

Filigree; Piercing; Enamelling

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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