Antique French Girandole Enamel Pendant
That marvelous traditional girandole design which was typical during the later part of the 1700s was revived several times during the 19th century. Here it is expressed in the form of an 18k yellow gold pendant with florid enamel decoration.
All hand-made and composed of three articulated elements, the metalwork is elaborate and intricate and clearly echoes the trend in its delicacy and lightness. The three sections allow for grace and ease of movement. Delightful with its whimsy and play, early black and white enamel work dots the surface and provides a striking addition to the balance and harmony of the piece.
Overall the enamel is superb and above all meticulous. Every separate color of enamel must be re-fired and not disturb the original color. The placement of small polychromatic enamel flower forms adds to the symmetry of the piece. Natural turquoise has been used to full advantage both in terms of contrast in color and for texture. On the reverse of the largest turquoise drop is a glass covered locket compartment. Quite a marvel of artistry for both time and design.
Measurements: 2-5/16 inches (5.8 cm) in length including bale and 1-3/4 inches (5.0 cm) without by 1-3/16 inches (3.0 cm) at the widest by 5/16 of an inch (0.8 cm) I depth. This antique pendant has a weight of 10.2 grams (6.5 dwt).
Hallmarks: French import marks on top original bale and on top "O" fitting of the owl's head, used after 1894 and was most likely imported into France after this date.
Condition: Excellent; back locket glass a tiny bit cloudy and has a few scratches inside.
Date & Origin: Circa 1850 and is European in origin.
Overall Scale: Small to medium