Necklace with pendant, gold filigree with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with amethysts and pearls, France, about 1820-30
Necklace with pendant, gold filigree with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with amethysts and pearls.
The original necklace was enlarged with pieces from another set. Similarly the chains were probably added to lengthen the necklace. The colourful and flamboyant jewellery of the 1820s and 1830s could be set with up to a dozen different stones within a rich gold and coloured gold framework. Special manufacturing techniques and decorative effects were used to achieve an expensive finish using smaller amounts of gold. Although lightly made, this opulent jewellery looked heavier than earlier Neo-classical work. The highly ornate filigree work of spirals (cannetille) and granules (grainti) added an appealing relief texture, but it was more popular on mainland Europe than in England, where clients preferred more substantial areas of plain gold.
Location: Jewellery, room 91, case 16, shelf C, box 1