Fabulous Double Sided Dog Miniature Pendant
Antique hand painted miniature portraits are always intriguing. When the subject is an enchanting canine, we are beguiled. This turn-of-the-20th century 14k yellow gold treasure brings that effect to exponential heights with renderings of dogs on both the front and reverse of the locket.
The front is embellished with a “head and shoulders” portrait of what is most certainly a personal pet. A type of spaniel or other sporting breed immediately engages us with “the look”. The painting in miniature is executed upon a mother of pearl background in shades of sienna brown and creamy white. Feathered ears and coat bring to mind cool fall days and anticipation of harvest. The reverse depicts a pair of field dogs, also most likely spaniels on the ready for the next command, as they remain on point in a grassy foreground. Both paintings are covered in glass.
At the apex is a foliate spray and centered flowerhead adorned with a small half seed pearl. Although the rim is more typical of the French motif of garlands and crossed ribbon bows, we know that the French always worked in 18k gold. Therefore, we can conclude that this locket is not of French origin.
Date: Circa 1900.
Measurements: 2-1/16 inches (5.2 cm) in length including bale by 1-1/2 of an inch (4.4 cm) in width. Weight of 14.9 grams (9.6 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; later bale permanently attached to the locket added some time ago, tiny white fibers present under the glass of the single dog but we choose to leave this as is as this is only visible with powerful magnification.
Origin: Most likely European.
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