A gem-set and enamelled gold necklace, North India, 19th century
30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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- gem-set, gold, enamel, seed pearls on string
- 32.5cm. max. unclasped
comprising facet-cut white sapphires set in gold with foil backing, on flexible openwork chain surrounded by seed-pearl borders, hanging flowerhead-shaped pendant with spinel drop, enamelled on the reverse in red, green and white with floral details on each setting, rows of pearl-strings leading to square clasp
Commissioned by a wealthy patron, this finely executed necklace is set with white sapphires, cut and foil-backed so as to bring out their maximum brilliance, as was the custom in nineteenth-century India. It is entirely covered with fine polychrome enamel on the reverse, interspersed with miniature seed pearls and a hanging spinel.
A further diamond-set and enamelled necklace of comparable form and technique was sold in these rooms, 8 October 2014, lot 303.