In striking contrast, the two sides of this circa 1660 reliquary-pendant illustrate the wealth and power that its original owner would have enjoyed in public and in private. Centred by six Dutch rose-cut diamonds and accented by smaller rose- and table-cut diamonds, the front suggests immense riches through the unusually large gems and bold design. With polychrome enamel motifs of tulips and foliage and a concealed compartment devised to hold a relic, the reverse embodies a life in which botany and Dutch still-lifes may have loomed large. Set in silver and gold, graced with high artistry and intrinsic value as well as inherent rarity, this work possesses undeniable historical significance. Click ahead to discover the hidden touches of this extraordinary pendant.
22 September | New York