A Collection Progresses - Early Georgian Pendant
Once part of the Anne Clifford Collection and now in transition to its new caretaker (perhaps you), this superb and endearing brooch & pendant is photographed and shown on page 40 of the book, "Anne Clifford's Antique Jewellery The Story of a Collection". The author is Derek Clifford. The title on the page is "Donohoe's Brooch", and the caption, "Garnet and crystal set in silver with gold-washed back. A pendant with original fitting, modern brooch pin. Italian, Early 18th century. T. & J. Donohoe, Davies Mews, London.”
Early in the century we tend to see asymmetrical design. This brooch flowing and lyrical with it use of several varieties of flowers and even a sinuous snake – albeit in gems and silver. Studded with garnets and rock crystal, each is set within sliver settings of silver and rubbed over for a tight seal. Each is also foiled for added brilliance to the closed back settings. We differ slightly in our attribution as this may be Spanish, but certainly Continental in origin. Measures 1 13/16 inches wide by 2 1/16 of an inch long (4.9 cm wide by 5 cm long). In very good condition - one small rock crystal with a small chip noticeable with magnificaiton; one rock crystal showing white as the foiling has dulled; later safety pin in gold. Otherwise fine.
Note: Anne Clifford was known for a famous private collection of jewelry amassed over 50 years and particularly specializing in early jewelry of the 18th and 19th century, paste, cut steel, Berlin iron as well as gem set antique jewelry.