A beautiful example of fine, late Victorian goldsmithing, this unique pendant and brooch features superb, taille d'epargne enameling in a stylized buckle design, displaying both black and white enamel, the former in a geometric design, the latter in a classical scrollwork motif. The center section of the pendant is crafted by combining the geometric black enamel with parallel, tiny, engraved points, to give the middle section a textured appearance. This remarkable handiwork continues in the outer frame, where scrolled, white enamel adorns the gold. The overall design, almost three-dimensional, seems to reflect Victorian jewelry, while anticipating the future arrival of the geometric, Art Deco school. Overall, a beautiful, wearable, collector's piece, and an example of fine Victorian jewelry-making.
PROVENANCE: From the estate of Gray Davis Boone, renowned antiques expert, collector, and founder of the influential "Antique Monthly."
Total weight of this unique pendant is 7.3 grams, almost a quarter ounce of gold. It is unmarked, but acid-tested as 14kt gold. It measures approximately 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", and is suitable as either a pendant or brooch. When worn either as a pendant or a brooch, the center, geometric section will be horizontal. Overall, the pendant is in excellent vintage condition. There is some very minor loss in one or two spots of the white enamel -- so minor as to be completely unnoticeable unless you are looking hard to see it. It does not detract in any way from the appearance of the pendant. The pin is in excellent working order. This pendant is sold without a chain.
This unique Victorian pendant will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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