Charles de Temple

Double-Sided Long Pendant Necklace

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October 6, 06:15 PM GMT


15,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot Details


Charles de Temple

b. 1929

Double-Sided Long Pendant Necklace

1958, unique, signed C de T, 750; British hallmark for 1958

18k gold, diamond and ruby abstract water droplets on a double-sided pendant supporting a fringe with tricolor gold granulation of abstract design; the front is different from the back and can be worn two different ways and the chain consists of gold beads interspersed with small diamonds and suspends a pendant decorated with round diamonds, rubies, and a pear-shaped diamond

3.5 by ¾ in.; 8.5 by 2.4 cm.

Chain: 16 in.; 40 cm.

Private Collection, United States

‘I’ve always aimed to scale down a work of art, to make it portable…why not miniature sculptures?’ de Temple asked in 1964. This Double-sided Pendant Necklace is proof of his love for art and the ever-changing; its two sides are strikingly different despite keeping to the same color combination and materials. Its shape is curiously similar to the ancient nautiloid orthoceras, and the tiny kinetic baubles at the ends of the pendant might shift with the wearer’s movement just as their tentacles did in water.