A splendid, magnificently-preserved, 19th century gold pendant or brooch, with two tiny, collet-set center pearls, mounted atop an exquisitely-worked pendant. The base of the pendant is embellished with black, taille d'epargne enamel and hand-engraving, and is built up, in three-dimensional space and superb detail, with delicate gold wire work, engraved "ribbons" of gold, and and topped with an acanthus leaf. It is a wonderful example of the 19th century jeweler's art, and all the more amazing to think it was done without the help of artificial lighting! A true find for connoisseurs of antique jewelry. Eminently wearable, as a pendant or brooch.
PROVENANCE: From the estate of Gray Davis Boone, renowned antiques expert, collector, and founder of the influential "Antique Monthly."
Total weight of this fine antique pendant is 6.2 grams. It is unmarked, but acid-tested as 12kt gold. Set with two small, natural seed pearls, it measures approximately 1-1/8" in height, and 1-1/16" in width. It is in excellent vintage condition. It is sold without a chain, as a pendant/brooch only.
This exquisite pendant/brooch will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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