A Victorian Holbeinesque Emerald, Diamond And Pearl Pendant
A Victorian Holbeinesque emerald, diamond and pearl pendant, to the centre a square-cut emerald estimated to weigh 1.75 carats, cross-set with four pearls with trefoil enamelled decorations in between, surrounded by a polychrome enamel frame encrusted with eight old-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a total of 2 carats, terminating to a drop of similar design centrally-set with an emerald estimated to weight 0.75, all mounted in yellow gold, the back with fine scroll and foliate engraved decorations, circa 1870, measuring approximately 7.3 x 3cm, gross weight 16.5 grams. This pendant is in very good condition. Unmarked, tested as 20ct gold.
A handsome Victorian Holbeinesque pendant. Holbeinesque is a term used to describe Victorian jewellery that was made in the style of the Renaissance, particularly inspired by the Northern Renaissance and the paintings of Hans Holbein. Holbein himself produced sketches of the jewellery worn at the Tudor court, and the sketches were used as reference points by Victorian jewellery designers and craftsmen. This pendant is a spectacular example of this style, featuring colourful green and red enamel, verdant emeralds, lustrous pearls, and dazzling diamonds. The ornate style of this piece reflects the high Victorian interest in Renaissance revival jewellery.
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.