Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unusual Artifacts: The Aachen Hound Pendant, 1860

Aachen, Germany, 1860
Enamel, Gold, Diamonds, Emerald, Rubies, Pearls
The Victoria & Albert Museum

German jewelers—particularly in Aachen—in the Nineteenth Century had mastered the art of enamel and rivaled the works of Russian jewelers.

This beautiful pendant from Aachen is evidence of the immense skill of the German jewelers. Made by Reinhold Vasters of Aachen in 1860, this pendant of enameled gold depicts a hound on a cornucopia, and is set with rubies, table-cut diamonds and an emerald, and hung with pearls.

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