Gold, silver, enamel, rock crystal, diamond, ruby and emerald oval pendant, hanging from rose diamond love trophy of Cupid's wedding torch and quiver of arrows held by a suspension loop. The centre of the rock crystal is encrusted with two rose diamond turtle doves in flight with an emerald and ruby branch of myrtle leaves and berries between them...
Gold pendant enameled grey and white set with a purple sapphire guarded by twin dragons, with wide open mouths and wings displayed, surmounted by a grotesque mask, highlighted with small diamonds and terminating in a drop shaped pearl below. French, c. 1885 by Lucien Falize. (1839-97)
Napoleon I cameo pendant. Double-sided pendant, the front set with an onyx cameo portrait of Napoleon I facing in profile towards the right, crowned with diamond laurel leaves tied with ribbons, the drapery at the neck similarly set with diamonds, fastened with a brooch bearing the cipher N and pinned with golden bees. The lapis lazuli plaque at the back bears a chased golden eagle gripping a thunderbolt in its claws. Mounted in a plain gold frame with suspension loop. Signed MORELLI.
The onyx cameo represents the Three Kings (also known as Magi, or Wise Men) symbolic of earthly power and authority, adoring the Infant Christ. One of the Magi, kneels before the baby, who reaches out for his gift, watched by the Virgin Mary and by St. Joseph. The other two Magi prepare to offer their gifts. A choir of angels in the sky above rejoice above the ruins, symbolic of the Old Order, changed by the birth of Christ. (tbc)