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Pastoral Swiss Enamel Pendant

SOLD Item 11176

Swiss enamels of landscapes and idyllic pastoral scenes were produced mainly around the mid 19th century. Superb enamelists, the Swiss took the art to a new level. Colors are made with powdered glass pigments and then fired onto a metal base, often copper. Multiple firings are required with each successive color. Capable of making it look effortless, in reality it is a meticulous and painstaking process.

Here a serene mountain scene reveals a white chalet nestled under its shadow. A calm lake laps at the shore with a background of lavender blue sky and rolling greenery. Encased in 14k yellow gold, it is ornamented with petite floral and leaf forms and suspended from a later 10k yellow gold cable chain.

A surround of 18k yellow gold ornate flowers and leaves holds the enamel fast. This may have been a drop to an earring but does not appear to be configured as such so indeed may have been a pendant.

Condition: Excellent.

Hallmarks: Chain is marked, "10k".

Measurements: 2-1/16 inches (4.2 cm) in length for the pendant without the added "O" fitting at the top by 9/16 of an inch (1.5 cm) in width. The chain is 15-1/2 inches (39.4 cm) long. Both the pendant and chain have a combined weight of 6.3 grams.

Date: Circa 1850 for the pendant. Later addition of a more modern chain.