Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Dame Joan Evans Emerald Pendant, c. 1700

Pendant of silver, parcel gilt, emeralds, rubies and diamonds.
Eighteenth Century, German.
From the collection of Dame Joan Evans.
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Here's another masterpiece from the collection of Dame Joan Evans which is now housed at the V&A.  I'm mad for it.  I'm in love with the innate Eighteenth-Century-ness of it all, but especially the yummy central cabochon emerald.
A setting of silver and silver gilt, it is set with emeralds of assorted shapes and cuts, rubies and rose- and table-cut diamonds. The back is engraved with an intricate foliate pattern.

The central emerald is most likely later addition, replacing a different stone which may have been damaged. The pendant was made in Germany around 1700. 

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