A Belle Epoque Miniature Pendant
A Belle Epoque navette-shape miniature pendant, set to the centre with a grisaille miniature depicting Venus and Eros, pressumed by Paillet, set under domed crystal surrounded by a rose-cut diamond-set frame and yellow gold back, terminating to three pearl and diamond-set drops, all suspended by a fine platinum and seed pearl-set chain, bearing Inventory number 4514, French hallmarks for gold and platinum and indistinct maker’s mark, circa 1900, the pendant measuring approximately 6.3 x 2.2cm, the chain is measuring approximately 40cm long, gross weight 7.8 grams.
Fernand Paillet (1850-1918) was a painter of miniatures for the Paris jeweller Boucheron. This pendant is in very good condition.
Unmarked tested as 18ct gold and platinum.
This gorgeous Belle Epoque pendant necklace, typical of the French jeweller Boucheron, was made around 1900. The navette-shaped pendant features a delicate miniature painting of Venus and Eros, painted white against a pale blue background “en grisaille”. The frame is set throughout with tiny glittering rose-cut diamonds, and the chain suspending the pendant is set with lustrous pearls. This is a detailed, romantic, and wonderful piece: a true example of fine Belle Epoque craftsmanship.
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.