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A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel pendant of St Nicholas, circa 1825
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
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772
A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel pendant of St Nicholas, circa 1825
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A jewelled three-colour gold and enamel pendant of St Nicholas, circa 1825
inset with topazes and applied with flowers within rope twist and granulated borders, inscribed on the reverse in German 'What the voice from within says/ does not fool/ the hoping soul', with later wood frame crowned with an Imperial eagle, the reverse of the frame inscribed and dated C. Mazzoli 1873
excluding frame 6.5 by 4.5cm, 2 1/2 by 1 3/4 in.
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Provenance

The reverse of the frame is inscribed in English 'This medallion of St Nicholas was given by Alexandra Empress of Russia (about 1820) to Princess Eliza Radziwill, and at her death (1832) by her mother Princess Louisa of Prussia to Harriet daughter of Sir George Walker' 

Bootman Smallwood Collection, sold, Christie's London, 28-29 April 1989, lot 340

Catalogue Note

In the mid-1820s Princess Elisa Radziwill (1803-1834) was courted by her cousin Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (1797-1888), who later became the first German Emperor. The couple were in love and wished to marry, but the match was deemed unsuitable by the Prince's father and abandoned in 1826.  It was presumably during this time that the pendant was given to her by Empress Alexandra, the Prince's sister.

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