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A GOLD, ENAMEL, AND JEWELED SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1875

Estimate:

2,500

to
- 3,500 USD

A GOLD, ENAMEL, AND JEWELED SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1875

A GOLD, ENAMEL, AND JEWELED SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1875

Estimate:

2,500

to
- 3,500 USD

Lot sold:

63,000

USD

A GOLD, ENAMEL, AND JEWELED SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1875


the articulated links decorated with turquoise enamel, each of the back links set with three small rose diamonds, several missing, the champlevé- enameled head set with large and small rose diamonds and with cabochon ruby eyes, the open mouth with jagged teeth

length 14 1/2 in.

37 cm

In overall good condition, especially given the age of the piece, the mounting with signs of wear including scratches and nicks, small areas of minor discoloration, the clasp with evidence of solder, and seven small diamonds missing, not noticeable when worn. Evidence of no longer extant fitting under the snake's chin, not visible when worn. Mounting tests as 22 karat gold. The medium blue enamel with numerous areas of loss, predominantly to the sides of the links and not immediately noticeable when worn. The rose-cut diamonds are of decorative quality. The rubies are medium deep slightly purplish red, slightly included. Gross weight approximately 46 dwts. Clasp closes securely. Fits a small neck.


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.

A family note records “this necklace was left to [?] by Cousin Aline Abraham and put in a box 14.4.96”