Rare 16th century gold, ruby, emerald, pearl and enameled pendant, c. 1550 AD.
Gold, varicoloured enamel and diamond pendant, centred on figure of the Infant Christ, enthroned beneath a canopy, globe in one hand, the other raised in benediction, between two table cut diamonds in four petal (quatrefoil) settings, and above a third, larger, similarly set, applied to a backplate of open scrolls with forget-me-nots. Three hanging pearls, c.1600.
A Spanish gold and enamel horse pendant, circa 1600. The saddled horse, that once had a figure of Cupid sitting on its saddle, is set with rubies on one side, on the other with emeralds and hung with pearls. There is a charming detail in its making: the raised leg is hinged so that when moved, the horse appears to be pawing the air. Height 8.3cm, depth 4.2cm.
Badge of the Order of the Golden Saxony Society Knights, 16th cent. Presented to Brandenburg Elector Johann George (1525-98) and King Elector of Saxony, was found in the tomb of the latter in the Cathedral of Berlin in 1874. Become one of the Hohenzollern royal collections to be moved from Schloss-Monbijuu (catalog #34930) in Berlin in 1943. It was sold by Kronprinz William in 1945.
ALBION ART Historical Jewelry - Ancient Gold, silver, diamond, sapphire brooch, Sapphire intaglio: 17th century, setting: 19th century, Made in Germany, Private Collection.
A love-token brooch, c.1610-20, made in Prague, has a ruby heart at its centre pierced by diamond arrows, in a symbolic reference to Cupid. (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Onyx cameo double portrait busts of a man and a woman side, facing in profile towards the right, The oval gold frame is enclosed within a green, white and black border of ivy leaves and the back is enameled with the arms of the husband impaling those of the wife, with the date 1314 below. Hanging pearl. Formerly Esmerian collection. Cameo: German, c.1640, setting 17th century.
Hungarian, 17th century, Jewelry-gold and pearl crucifix - Hungarian National Museum