Description Openwork design, colorful enameling, and religious motifs are characteristic of many opulent German Renaissance pendants. This large but delicate example depicts the enthroned Virgin and Child in applied relief surrounded by a pair of cherubim and intricate scrollwork. Such elaborate pieces would have been owned by Renaissance courtiers. Analysis of the enamels revealed that the central group probably dates to the 16th century. It has been attached to a 19th-century decorative mount of unknown origin and of Renaissance-inspired design. Because the Renaissance style experienced a revival in the 19th century, jewelry was frequently copied or forged, often making it difficult without scientific testing to determine if works are original to the period.
|5/09/1991||Examination||examined for condition|
|4/26/2006||Treatment||cleaned; other; examined for exhibition|
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance J. & S. Goldschmidt, Frankfurt; Sale, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910
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