Early 20th c. Italian silver pendant necklace in a figural Medieval Revival design, this is a piece made in the style associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros yet bears no maker’s signature. Usually drawing inspiration from Baroque or Renaissance art, this type of Italian jewelry was very popular with young ladies on their Grand Tour and brought back either as mementos of travel adventures or as gifts for the less fortunate ones who did not get to go. In this case, however, the scene is Medieval in its subject matter showing a knight and lady on horseback. In my eyes, they look as if they are eloping yet it’s probably my romantic streak that has taken over. Last but not least, I would like to draw attention to the wonderful dangles and the exceptionally well-cast links of the chain; there are several designs combined here in graduated sizes – even the hook of the clasp is ornate…
Size/Weight: 23″ long; medallion is 2″ wide and adds a 2 5/8″ drop to the chain (drops included); 36.4 grams
Hallmarks / Date: marked “ITALY” with no hallmark for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 purity (the Italian standard until at least 1934), if not sterling; 1900-1930s
Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a very unusual figural design, good casting in the medallion that makes the figures readable to the eye and exceptional crispness in the links of the chain; no damage and no repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!