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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (West, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (bow) (made)
    1800-1900 (chain and pendant) (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold set with table-cut diamonds, hung with a pearl and a large polished sapphire

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lady Alma-Tadema

  • Museum number:

    M.95-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 10, shelf C, box 6

The central bow is a magnificent example of a mid-17th century jewel. The painted opaque enamel was a recent innovation, said to have been developed by a Frenchman, Jean Toutin of Ch√Ęteaudun. This striking colour combination was much used in enamels around this date.

Physical description

Necklace based on the bow motif. Small bows in alternating turquoise/black and white/turquoise enamel are linked together to form the chain; at the front is a large diamond-set bow with flowers and sapphire and pearl drop. The bow made in Western Europe, about 1660, the chain and pendant probably made 1800-1900.

Place of Origin

Europe (West, made)

Date

ca. 1660 (bow) (made)
1800-1900 (chain and pendant) (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold set with table-cut diamonds, hung with a pearl and a large polished sapphire

Dimensions

Height: 16.7 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold necklace with pendant, set with diamonds, hung with a pearl & a large sapphire drop, made in Western Europe, the bow about 1660, the chain and pendant 1800-1900

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Enamel; Pearl; Sapphire

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Bow (ribbon); Flowers (plants)

Categories

Images Online; Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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