A very rare and stylish piece of imposing but wearable proportions.
Dating to c.1840, it retains the original glass-backed locket fixtures along with a brooch clasp fitting; the top section can be easily removed to allow the piece to be worn as a pin or it makes for a very striking long pendant.
It has a few small makers and/or assay marks which are all but unreadable, although one appears to be the boar's head which denotes French silver of minimum 800 fineness. When we first picked it up it called to mind Carlo Giuliano and it has a revivalist feel about it. The shape is early and these longer pendants in two or more pieces were popular at the end of the 18th century, although our feeling is that this is slightly later into the early part of the 19th century. Stylistically, it has an Austro-Hungarian feel and the use of Persian turquoise, enamel (dots on the drops and stripes on the silver bodywork) and seed pearl is unusual.
It's a rarity and quite speculative; you certainly won't find another like it!
The enamel has worn in places and two of the tiniest pearls at the bottom have lost some of their nacre but none of the cabochons or pearls is missing and the piece is so stunning that these details (only noticeable if you are really looking for them very closely) do not detract from its overall beauty.
Total size: approx 9.5cm x 3.5cm.
The central section is approx 3.5cm wide x 4cm tall. The central turquoise cabochon measures approx 5mm diameter.
The skinny dangle at the bottom is 4.3cm long.
The glass at the back measures 2.2cm in diameter.
Total weight: 13.6g
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