22 May 2001
A Swiss enamelled and pearl-set pendant vinaigrette
Geneva, circa 1800, unmarked
Vase shaped, the front with an oval enamelled plaque depicting Androcles as a child removing a thorn from a lion's paw, with pearl-set border, the body enamelled in blue, with chased and bright-cut gold laurel garlands highlighted with white enamel, with two scroll handles, hinged cover and pearl finial, suspended from a loop by three curb chains, with scrolling wirework grille, hinged base panel
3½ in. (90 mm.) high overall
With M. Hakim, London, 19 October 1983, (£2,800).
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The urn shape and pearl embellishment are symbols of love and ancient virtue, which theme is carried out in the story of the hero Androcles and the lion.
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