An antique gem-set Renaissance Revival necklace

Often referred to as Holbeinesque pendants, jewels of similar designs recall the colourful mannerist jewels depicted in 16th century portraiture.

Hans Holbein, trained as most artists of the time in various disciplines, designed jewels during this period that became very influential at the court of Henry VIII.

Detail from Portrait of Jane Seymour (c. 1509-1537), Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1540, oil on panel

Later, in the third quarter of the 19th century, London jewellers such as Phillips of Cockspur Street popularised these designs by interpreting them in a variety of ways.

These are charming, highly recognisable and collectable jewels.


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Antique gem-set Holbeinesque pendant, the oval openwork panel set to the centre with an oval-shaped sapphire enhanced by four old-mine cut points and red and green guilloche enamel detail, suspending a central articulated pearl drop and two sapphire and pearl tassels, the gold chain with black enamel bar spacers

Verbal report on sapphires: 2 Sri Lankan, 1 Basaltic origin, no evidence of heating | In fitted case | Dimensions: pendant, 80.0 x 39.0mm


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