A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
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PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLE FAMILY

A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLE FAMILY

A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Sold:18,750GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of a European noble family


A DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE WITH SPINEL DROPS (CHAMPAKALI), NORTH INDIA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY


the diamonds set in a 'magnolia champaka' flower design with hanging spinels, with a string of cultured pearls attached above, reverse with gold floral details on cream enamel ground, string for fastening


15cm. height

21cm. max. diam.

Condition Report

In generally good condition, both the diamonds and spinels with internal inclusions, some minor oxidisation to foiling to reverse of diamonds, and oxidisation to edges of settings, pearls probably cultured, with some dirt, we would recommend contacting a specialized restorer for advice on cleaning these, metal thread string probably later replacement with some wear, as viewed.

"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Gifted by Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (1866-1911).

Catalogue Note

Magnolia champaka (or champak) is a large tree native to India whose fragrant flowers are formed of long dangling petals, a feature that is evoked in this necklace. Champa trees are particularly found in North East India at high altitudes and it is no surprise that they would have inspired local jewellers. A closely comparable example, published in Balakrishnan and Sadisharan 2018, pp.131-2, is attributed to the Deccan, early eighteenth century. The plain enamelling to the reverse is also unusual and a pendant with similar enamelling is published in ibid. p.64.

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