By descent to his great granddaughter, Dorothee d’Abzac, born Lazareff-Hoym (d.1866);
Thence by descent.
A necklace and cross nearly identical to the present lot is in the collection of the Georgian National Museum (inv. no. 9530) and is dated to the 17th century. Another, also with the double-headed eagle but with rectangular links, is in the same collection (inv. nos. 10 002-10 004) and is part of a parure which includes a diadem and an additional pendant; these pieces are believed to have come from a Tbilisi workshop (see Sanikidzé, T. and Abramishvili, G., Orfèvrerie Géorgienne du VIIe au XIXe siècle, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, 1979, pls. 69-71). A variant example, with thicker links and cross, with the addition of diamonds, and with a dove in place of the double-headed eagle, is in the British Museum (museum no. 1983, 0102.1). A similar Georgian jeweled and enameled gold cross pendant and chain, belonging to the Princely House of Dadiani, was sold at Sotheby’s London, Treasures, 9 July 2014, lot 28 (£74,500).
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