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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Pendant

ca. 1680-1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

From 1500 to 1700 Spanish jewellers often made lavish use of emeralds. The Spanish had access to immense quantities of gold, silver, emeralds and pearls through their colonies in South America. This resulted in opulent emerald-studded jewels unlike anything produced elsewhere in Europe. The reverse of this pendant, however, is engraved with the swirling botanical motifs that were popular elsewhere.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, set with table-cut emeralds, and hung with an emerald drop
Brief Description
Pendant with crown design at top, square emeralds set in gold openwork, with large emerald drop, Spain, about 1680-1700.
Physical Description
Pendant, the scrolling gold openwork is in the form of a bow surmounted by a crown. From the lower edge hangs a spreading triangular segment hung with an emerald drop.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.7cm
  • Width: 8.2cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Subjects depicted
Summary
From 1500 to 1700 Spanish jewellers often made lavish use of emeralds. The Spanish had access to immense quantities of gold, silver, emeralds and pearls through their colonies in South America. This resulted in opulent emerald-studded jewels unlike anything produced elsewhere in Europe. The reverse of this pendant, however, is engraved with the swirling botanical motifs that were popular elsewhere.
Bibliographic Reference
Edgcumbe, Richard. Catalogue entry. In: Lords of the Ocean. Treasures of the Portuguese Empire in the 16th - 18th centuries, ed. by Yulia Buzykina and Vladimir Tauber. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Moscow Kremlin Museums, Moscow, 5 December 2017 - 25 February 2018. Moscow, 2017. ISBN 978-5-88678-316-2
Collection
Accession Number
M.138-1975

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record createdJanuary 14, 2003
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