Lot 303
  • 303

A gold-mounted glass egg pendant , circa 1900

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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  • Gold, glass
  • height 1.3cm, 5/8 in.
the purple glass overlaid with filigree trefoils and chevrons, the base applied with an "Essex crystal" painted with a red-nosed pig, gold loop, 56 standard

Catalogue Note

Although traditionally ascribed to the miniature painter William Essex, the technique of reverse-painting onto rock crystal is in fact thought to have been invented either by a Belgian called Pradier or by an Englishman called Cooke, who started using the process in 1862.