It's only 1 5/8” long, 1 2/8” wide but the artist that rendered this most famous Mother and Child did a wonderful job capturing the master work of Raphael.
On a long substantial 24” Cable Chain that hangs to 12” when on, it is made of Sterling overlay, and has a brass thumb ring closure. I am not sure if it is the original chain that came with the necklace.
The pendant is a bit of a mystery to me as I can't find the owner of the maker's mark stamped on the back of the pendant. A rather fancy fleur de lis, and there are what look like numbers near the bottom and partially hidden by the casing. I believe the case to be Silver, however it is not marked with a fineness mark, so it could be Sterling or Nickel Silver which was used commonly long ago. I don't want to try and polish it or test it as there look to be very tiny words and or numbers written in black on the rim of the case on back. I am worried I would remove vital information that could be used to identify this piece.
I know very little history of this necklace, which is odd considering Catherine loved to talk about her things with me. This piece was never shown to me, and in fact was found in her dresser carefully wrapped in tissue after she passed in 2000. It could have belonged to her mother, or her grandmother, I just don't know. Looking at the construction of the pendant I would think it is no newer than the 1940's and could easily be from the late 1800s. I also believe it to be from a Europe and not made here in the States. But that is simply the feeling I get from it. I simply can not say for sure.
CONDITION: The painted surface is in excellent condition with no scratches, chips or marks to be found. What white spots you see in the photo is from lighting, not an easy item to properly light and retain the true colors. (I did my best, but am not a professional photographer) The case is also in excellent condition on the front. It does need to be cleaned and or polished. The back of the piece does have some "grime of time" as I call it, However cleaning this on my own could remove important information, and so I have chosen not to do so. There are also tiny surface marks on the back of the casing, some are there from being worn, some are intentional from the past.
My goal is not to make huge profit from this beautiful and spiritual porcelain pendant, but to see that it receives a new home with someone that will love it as much as our family has. There are certain family pieces of jewelry that I am passing on to others, simply because it is time to do so.
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The Sistine Madonna:
The Sistine Madonna is one of Raphael's most famous works. The painting takes it's name from the church of San Sisto in Piacenza and Raphael painted it as the altarpiece for that church in 1513-1514. The piece was purchased in 1754 by King Augustus III of Saxony for his collection in Dresden. In Germany the painting was very influential, sparking debate on the questions of art and religion.