Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: A Jewel and Enamel Pendant, 1680-1700

Late Seventeenth Century
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Here we see something quite special. This enamelled gold openwork lozenge pendant is set with sapphires, rubies, emeralds and rose-cut diamonds. The reverse of the pendant is adorned with a depiction of a bowl of fruit in painted enamel. 

This masterpiece was made in Western Europe in the late Seventeenth Century and came to the V&A at the bequest of Dame Joan Evans who left most of her impressive collection of jewels to the museum.

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