Pendant, Robert Phillips, c.1875
Gold and Enamel
in the form of the Tudor Rose, executed in red and white enamel, highlighted with stylised green enamel leaves which radiate from the back, the whole suspended from a white enamel Fleur d’lys.
Presented in its original case, inscribed ‘Phillips Bros & Son, Art Goldsmiths, 23 Cockspur Street.’
Phillips of Cockspur Street,
London, circa 1875
6cm in length
In her book ‘The Art of Beauty’, Mrs Haweis recalls the contents of Phillips’ shop. In her account, she writes:
“I observed a bracelet of enamel and gold whose delicate traceries, with Tudor roses and Fleur-de-lis, are adapted from a fine friese beneath the tomb of Henry VII in Westminster Abbey.”
The inspiration for this pendant therefore came from the friese beneath Henry VII’s tomb.