circa 1880

A Wonderful Antique Micro Mosaic Cross Pendant

A wonderful 19th Century French gold and micromosaic cross pendant c.1880, the Latin style cross in 18ct yellow gold with exquisitely detailed micromosaic inlay centred on a vase of pink, red and white roses with a white dove of peace to either side all within a cornflower blue background, beneath is an insect with iridescent wings and below that a white swan on water, these images are separated by bands of black, white and red mosaic in geometric patterns, the top of the cross has another white dove pictured, the intersections of the arms of the cross are embellished with quatrefoil motifs inlaid with red, white and blue mosaics in a decorative floral pattern, the terminations of the arms are flared and rounded, all suspended from a V-shape gold bale with bead and wirework decoration, the reverse is plain gold with a beautiful soft patina finish. This is a wonderful example of micromosaic jewellery which is highly sought after and collectible, it is in beautiful condition and the colours used are vibrant and clear. The tesserae are very tiny and well formed meaning the images really do appear painted until closer examination with a loupe reveals the individual glass pieces.

£14,500.00

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Specifications

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold with French eagle head
Weight description23.37 grams
Dimensions9.6cm long and 5.2cm wide
OriginFrench
Period1880s
SKU125389