Unsigned Victorian 'Holbeinesque' Garnet and Chrysoberyl Pendant
Jewellery Sector: Fine & High Jewellery
Curated By: Joanna Hardy
Main Material: Gold
Period: 19th Century
Condition Report: Excellent Condition
A handsome and wonderfully detailed Holbeinesque pendant. 'Holbeinesque' is a term used to describe Victorian jewellery that was made in the style of the Renaissance, particularly inspired by the Northern Renaissance and the paintings of Hans Holbein. Holbein produced sketches of the jewellery worn at the Tudor court, and the sketches were used as reference points by Victorian jewellery designers and craftsmen. This pendant features a glowing central garnet surrounded by a detailed enamelled frame set with chrysoberyl stones. Suspended from the pendant is a further cluster of four chrysoberyls. The enamel is finely detailed in green, red, and deep blue, and provides a luxurious contrast to the red garnet and the chrysoberyl stones. The pendant loop is also enamelled, adding further detail to this dramatic Victorian piece.
Joanna Hardy says: “There is something very regal, in my opinion, about Holbeinesque pendants. I love their rich colour combinations, like a renaissance tapestry. The reverse reveals the hair locket, with a lock of hair, and beautiful chasing, which shows the skill of the goldsmith. This pendant is great condition; it’s certainly a jewel for the collector and something you could wear any time. The garnet is foil backed, which makes it glisten when worn.”
Materials & Features
Main Material: Yellow gold
Gemstone: Chrysoberyl, Garnet
Measurements: Oval cabochon garnet measuring 18 x 14mm, hair locket compartement, measuring approximately 7 x 2.9cm
Stone Cut: cabochon garnet, square-cut chrysoberyls
Condition Report: Excellent condition, wear commensurate with age
Seller ID: BSAFJ
Item Location: London, United Kingdom
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