Antique Swiss Enamel Scene Pendant
Switzerland and especially Geneva has a long history of detailed, lifelike and exceptionally rendered enamel. The most esteemed of these Swiss masters frequently moved to the large city centers of Europe such as Paris or London to practice the art. Consequently the term “Swiss enamel” was used to describe or indicate the style of the technique and most likely the home country of the artist rather than from where the piece originated.
Mounted within a 14k yellow gold bezel with twisted wire work accenting the surround is a pastoral Swiss scene. In the Alps a small chalet rests alongside a cascading waterfall. The overall scene evokes a serenity and beauty we all desire. Renderings of vivid colors of sky blue, verdant green, rose-brown, sienna and touches of snowy white depict an ideal yet realistic view. The lovely accent of a 14k yellow gold bow-shape bale completes the pendant. On the reverse is the name of the falls in Swizterland, Staubbach (Thanks to one of our astute and thoughtful clients who found this out for us!)
Measurements: 1-9/16 inches (4 cm) in length by 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) at the widest. Weight of 4.1 grams (2.6 dwt).
Condition: Very good; this may have been an earring made into a pendant; minute amount of solder on reverse at top of bale.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is European in origin.