Victorian Silver & Paste Bow Pendant
A few jewelry designs deserve to live again. Sometimes a literal re-interpretation is followed; at other times a subtle influence or inspiration of that form whispers its name.
This example of a mid 19th century Victorian pendant hails from the former group. Echoing that grand 18th century motif of ribbon, bow and teardrop design, the impact of a Baroque style is apparent. This superb pendant is characterized with a symmetrical and lively curved form. Cast and yet mostly hand-crafted from silver into a most exuberant configuration, the foliate and Baroque design features a dazzling array of clear white pastes. Please note the large cushion shaped central pastes, shaped pastes all but disappeared after around this time being replaced by round pastes only. The three articulated elements encourage a lovely fluidity of movement and display a rich ornamentation.
Condition: Excellent; one small paste replaced; one minute chip on a smaller paste.
Measurements: 3 inches (7.5 cm) in length by 1-13/16 inches (4.5 cm) in width. This antique pendant has a weight of 27.7 grams (17.8 dwt).
Date: Circa 1850
Overall Scale: Very large.