National Museums Scotland acquire the Fettercairn Jewel


We were delighted that Wartski was able to represent the National Museums Scotland at auction in order to acquire the Renaissance masterpiece, the Fettercairn Jewel. It will now join an internationally important collection of Scottish Renaissance works of art already held by the museum. The jewel is mounted with a rectangular almandine garnet decorated with an exquisite basse-taille enamel of the god Mercury. The NMS are looking forward to beginning their research, exploring the potential links between the Fettercairn Jewel and the Scottish royal court, as well as links with the famous Darnley Jewel which resides in the Royal Collection. David Forsyth, Principal Curator, Scottish History and Archaeology Department at National Museums Scotland said “the Fettercairn Jewel is a rare and outstanding piece of Scottish Renaissance jewellery. The purchase of this piece will significantly enhance the national collections and present new insights into the magnificence of the Renaissance in Scotland.”

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