Unusual Black Mourning Pendant with Relief of BacchusUnusual Black Mourning Pendant with Relief of BacchusUnusual Black Mourning Pendant with Relief of Bacchus

This is an unusual pendant which would date to the late 19th century.
It has a frame of black lacquered metal and a back which is a portrait of an Edwardian gentleman.
I think the portrait is somewhat later than the pendant, but I can't see how the piece can open so it may have been made for this gentleman to give to his family in his memory.
The glass on the back is very nicely bevelled.
The centre seems to be of a different material, possibly to look like Berlin iron, but I think it is too black for gunmetal and too black for gutta percha.
It has a child with grapes and a type of sceptre in relief in the centre of the front.
I think this is to represent Bacchus, but I am not sure.
There is a metal bale on the pendant of the same material as the frame.
There is a ribbon of black grosgrain as the chain and, although this is old, may not be original.
Would look great on a gunmetal chain.

Condition: The black lacquer on the frame is rubbed and some of the underneath color is coming through on the high parts.

Size: 1 3/4 to top of ring but not bale, by 1 1/4 inches across.

Item ID: 2014-290

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: black, Size: 1 3/4 by 1 1/4

Unusual Black Mourning Pendant with Relief of Bacchus

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