Property from the Estate of Jan Mitchell
COLOMBIAN GOLD PENDANT OF A FISH CIRCA AD 500-1000
Length: 2 ⅝ in (6.7 cm)
Excellent condition overall. A small amount of casting remnant within the tail. The MPA tag on the reverse reading: "Mitchell 975.69"
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired prior to 1969
Thence by family descent
Julie Jones, Precolumbian Art in New York: Selections from Private Collections: New York, 1969, unpaginated, cat. no. 172
Julie Jones, Heidi King, The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, New York, 1985, pp. 148-9, cat. no. 33
The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, Precolumbian Art in New York: Selections from Private Collections, September 12-November 9, 1969
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, May 9-August 11, 1985
Pendants cast as nearly identical multiples were characteristic of ancient Colombian gold; the ornaments were strung together falling side by side on a necklace. The wide tubular suspension loop on this finely rendered aquatic figure may have made this ornament more appropriate as an individual pendant. (Jones, ed. The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, New York, 1985, p. 148).