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Pendant with a Personification of Fortitude
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Pendant with a Personification of Fortitude


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Description An enameled gold and jeweled pendant, the openwork scrolled back-plate with various colored leaves, flowers, and shells, the front set with a large table cut diamond in a high cusped box collet, sides with black arabesques on a blue base, flanked by a pair of table cut diamonds in square collets. It is crowned with an allegorical figure in half relief of a care breasted woman in red drapery clasping a column and riding a stag with head turned back to look at the woman. One of its antlers is now missing. The combinatin suggests a personification of Fortitude. The chain and attachments with surrounding flourishes are 19th-century repairs and embellishments, probably by Reinhold Vasters (1827-1909).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
5/11/1972Treatmentcleaned
4/26/1980Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/10/1988Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
5/09/1991Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Court Jewels of the Renaissance 1500-1630. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1980-1981.
  • Artful Deception: The Craft of the Forger. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; Portland Museum of Art, Portland; The Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport. 1987-1992.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April 1893, Lot 1819 [Sale catalogue plate XLVII]; Belle da Costa Greene [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Trustees of the Pierpont Morgan Library [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1951, by gift.
Credit Gift of the Trustees of the Pierpont Morgan Library in memory of Miss Belle Da Costa Greene, 1951

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Period
ca. 1600 (with 19th century restoration) (Baroque)
Medium
gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.622
Measurements
5 in. (12.7 cm)
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