This is a wonderful Baroque gold and jeweled pendant, dating to the early 17th century. It is set with a French Limoges enamel plaque of the Virgin Mary, with a scalloped bezel. It is possible this plaque is a later addition to the pendant which appears much earlier. The frame is adorned with eight table cut rubies, in tightly rubbed settings. The suspension loop appears to be a later replacement, possibly c. 1680 when the enamel was set. The main jewel would date to c. 1600 - 1650.
DATE: c. 17th century
MATERIAL: Gold, Ruby, and enamel
SIZE: 31mm x 22mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 4.12 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a Mayfair gentleman
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