14 December 2000
A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELLED AND ENAMELLED GOLD-MOUNTED BAROQUE PEARL PENDANT IN THE FORM OF A MERMAID
Probably by Alfred André, Paris, circa 1860
The mermaid with baroque pearl body and breasts, enriched with band of table-cut diamonds and rubies and pendant pearls, the tail with enamelled fish scales, holding a diamond-set mirror in her left hand, with suspension chains and ring, the chains joined to a gemset and enamel link with pendant pearl
5½ in. (14 cm.) high overall
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. no. E.de R.629.
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P. Stone, 'Baroque Pearls - II', Apollo, Jan. 1959, p. 107, fig. II.
A number of models for sirens by Alfred André are very similar in feeling to the above pendant (see A. Kugel, R. Distelberger & M. Bimbenet-Privat, Joyaux Renaissance, Une Splendeur Retrouvée, Paris, 2000, Annexe pl.1 a-j).
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