A Neo-Renaissance Enamel and Gem-set Pendant

English, c.1880


in yellow gold, formed as a quatrefoil decorated with blue and black opaque enamel with hand painted white enamel beading, the outer edge embellished with gold beading, centred with a cushion cut chrysoberyl  bordered with pearls and foliate trefoils of diamonds, suspending an enamelled gold drop set with a single pearl and a diamond suspended with scalloped caps.

The design is redolent of the work of Pasquale Novissimo, who worked with the famous Carlo Giuliano of 115 Piccadilly, London. Among the surviving designs by Novissimo held at the Victoria and Albert Museum is a particular jewel which features a near identical layered scalloped drop.

Length: 9cm