A gold stick pin by Paul Robin,

Paris, c.1890


the terminal in the form of a yellow gold horse’s head in profile with a ruby-set eye, the bridle meticulously depicted and set with a diamond, the whole similarly represented on the reverse, framed by an inverted white gold horseshoe with yellow gold studs.

Fully signed with maker’s mark and French gold standard.

Identical stick pins by the jeweller are illustrated amongst further equine, lizard, snake and owl jewels which formed part of his repertoire in French Jewellery of the Nineteenth Century by Henri Vever, p.1015 (translated edition).

Length: 7.5cm

The firm of Robin, established in 1824 in the Palais-Royal, became one of the most respected purveyors of artistic jewellery and supplied many of the most distinguished Parisian firms. Paul Robin, the son of the founder of the business Jean-Paul Robin, managed the premises single-handed from 1880 onwards and specialised in chased and engraved gold work.