14 December 2000
A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED BAROQUE PEARL PENDANT IN THE FORM OF A SEATED HIND
Probably by Alfred André, Paris, circa 1860
The ruby-set animal reclining on oval rockwork ground with baroque pearl body and gemset legs and neck, the base pierced with scrollwork and with pearl-set border and pendant pearl, with suspension chains and ring, the chains joined to a white enamel canopy, with supension ring
33/8 in. (8.5 cm.) high overall
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. no. E.de R.646.
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P. Stone, 'Baroque Pearls - II', Apollo, Jan. 1959, p. 107, fig. I.
This jewel and another in the Rothschild Collection (lot 56) appear in a watercolour by Jean-Baptiste Fortune de Fournier (1798-1864). This is extremely important in helping to date the entire group of jewels by André. Fournier was born in Ajaccio and died in Paris. He worked as watercolourist for Napoleon III and exhibited at the Salons of 1843 and 1864. Eight interior views of The Tuileries are recorded by him as well as a portrait of Napoleon III. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur. The watercolour illustrating the Rothschild jewels was included in the sale of some of the contents of the château de Ferrières near Paris, the home of Baron James de Rothschild and his successors, which was re-built by Sir Joseph Paxton between 1853-63.
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