Enamel work in miniature is often thought of as some of the most breathtaking of all jewelry techniques.
It is hard to believe that the art of enamel starts out with powdered colored glass. Firing it at high temperatures, often dozens of times, layer after layer of hues melts together creating miniature paintings. Various colors liquefy at different temperatures and it can take a lifetime to achieve true mastery...not to fail, not melt all into a puddle of mud.
While this former watch will no longer help you tell the exact time, it will remind you of what humans can achieve given discipline, study, practice and dedication. In this case, ultimate beauty is the result.
All in 18k yellow gold, the front of this pendant locket is a vignette which portrays a Medieval queen sitting upon her throne reading a missive brought to her by her page. Her gown is crimson and cornflower blue, and trimmed in ermine.
The page beside her wears a plum historical costume as he waits patiently by her side. A window behind them reveals a mountain scape, lush tree and tranquil pink purple skies.
This scene is enclosed within a Gothic shaped cartouche. The border is finely textured and designs are inlaid with cobalt blue and snow white enamel. A delicate spring green border creates the illusion of looking into a scene frozen in time
The reverse is also embellished with a scrolling cartouche inside which rests white roses and curvaceous leaves. Guilloche patterned gold along with textured and enamel tendrils are worked throughout.
The interior of this antique locket no longer holds a watch, but a frame and glass covering serves as a compartment to hold a photograph or a cherished memento. Both back and front open, the back reveals the former watch covering.
The watch covering states that that the works, no longer present) were created by the noted firm of Bautte of Switzerland active around 1790-1830.
A fine 18k gold curb chain of 28 inches allows this to be worn dangling long.