Loading...

A Renaissance Revival Carved Opal Cameo Pendant

£45,000

Reference No. 32680M

More information

Complementary shipping

A Renaissance Revival Carved Opal Cameo Pendant

Description

A Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendant, the cameo attributed to Wilhelm Schmidt depicting Arion riding a dolphin, to elaborate surround of renaissance style incorporating scrolls and two griffins, bearing polychrome enamel decorations and encrusted with two rose-cut diamonds, to a closed back bearing enamel decorations depicting a column surrounded by the Latin word COLUMNAE, terminating to a pearl drop, all suspended by three pearl-set chains with a scrolling upper section set with a faceted emerald, all mounted in gold, circa 1880, measuring approximately 11×3.5cm, gross weight 26.5 grams.

Footnote: Wilhelm Schmidt in correspondance:
“In reply to your wish to be informed when opal cameos were first cut in Europe, I may mention the date of 1874, when I invented the new process of cutting opal cameos in such a manner as to utilise the matrix of rough opal for the ground… Mr John Brogden exhibited the first one, which I cut, amongst his other exhibits at the Paris Exhibition, 1878…”

A magnificent and important Renaissance revival pendant. This pendant features an upper section with a verdant and bright emerald, from which is suspended three chains set with lustrous pearls. Hanging from the chains is a spectacular framed cameo depicting the Ancient Greek poet Arion, who, in Greek folklore, was said to have been rescued by a dolphin while lost at sea. The cameo is carved from opal and is attributed to William Schmidt, who invented a new process for cutting opals in 1874. Opal cameos are rare due to the fragility of the stone, and Schmidt used blanks covered with a thin layer of opal. Surrounding the cameo is a frame of bright gold with wonderful and colourful enamel detail, and a single lustrous pearl drop. This piece incorporates both Renaissance and Ancient Greek styles to create a true masterpiece of late Victorian craftsmanship and design. Schmidt never signed his work but produced many carved opals which have been later attributed to him, some examples of which today can be found in the Natural History Museum, London, the British Museum, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Description

A Renaissance Revival carved opal cameo pendant, the cameo attributed to Wilhelm Schmidt depicting Arion riding a dolphin, to elaborate surround of renaissance style incorporating scrolls and two griffins, bearing polychrome enamel decorations and encrusted with two rose-cut diamonds, to ...

Information

Shipping

Deliveries of jewellery will not incur any additional charges. Please contact us to discuss delivery options of Silver and Object d’Arts.

Read more

Support

Call us on +44 020 7629 0651, or WhatsApp on +44 7824 196 039. Alternatively, contact our customer care by email.

Book A Consultation

If you would like to book a consultation with a member of staff please call us on +44 020 7629 0651 or email us on [email protected] with the time and date that you would like to come in and details of what you would like to see or discuss.

Please note that is not necessary to make an appointment, you are welcome to come in any time during our opening hours from Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Giftwrapping & After Sales Service

Giftwrapping & After Sales Service

Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.
bentley-skinner-gift-wrapping
More information

More Brooches, Pendants & Lockets