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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820-80 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, set with cabochon emeralds, the chain and loop set with rubies, hung with two pear-shaped pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.536-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 7, shelf C, box 8

This pendant was inspired by the superb sculptural jewels of animals and birds made by Renaissance goldsmiths in the sixteenth century. Both the front and back are decorated with equal care. It is a fine jewel, but the enamelling and the modelling give rise to doubts about its age. There was such a heavy demand for Renaissance jewels in the nineteenth century that many were made to meet it. Of these, some were openly made in the Neo-Renaissance style and were sold as new work, while others, like this jewel, are unmarked. We now believe it was probably made in the nineteenth century. Whatever the original intention of the jeweller who made it, by 1910, when the jewel was bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, it was described as Spanish and sixteenth century.

Physical description

Enamelled gold pendant in the form of a dragon, set with emeralds and rubies, with pearl drops

Place of Origin

Europe (made)

Date

ca. 1820-80 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, set with cabochon emeralds, the chain and loop set with rubies, hung with two pear-shaped pearls

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm, Width: 3.9 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold pendant in the form of a dragon, set with emeralds and rubies, with pearl drops, Western Europe, probably 1820-80.

Materials

Gold; Emerald; Ruby; Pearl; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Dragons

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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