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Fin de siècle symbolist pendant



Fin de siècle symbolist pendant

Gold, enamel, diamond, pearl

H  7.00cm (2.76 in)  |  W  4.80cm (1.89 in)

Origin French, c. 1900
Case Original Fitted Case

An important amulet pendant, abundant with symbols for health & luck, particularly for a new mother & child.
Two herons, signifying good fortune, encompass lotus flowers floating beneath a brilliant sunrise. The lotus has ancient associations with the origins of life & dawn is also the triumph of new life after the dark of night. Pearls represent the female principle of life, & diamonds eternal love. The four knots in the chain are the four winds, symbolising eternal life & the balance of nature
Original fitted case, the silk marked:
E. Rogez, Bijoutier, Orfevre, Rue des Puits L'Eau 11, Tournai

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, cat. no. 223
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 2006, Handbook, Published in association with The National Magazine Company Limited, Silver, Jewellery & Objects de Vertu, Tadema Gallery, Stand 29, illustrated p. 231.
cf. The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, 1989, Munich, page 235, catalogue number 154.
Schmuck Jewellery 1840-1940, Highlights Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Fritz Falk, 2004, p. 67, fig. 57 illustrates another version from the Museum collection
European Jewellery, From Historism to Art Nouveau, Pforzheim Jewellery Museum, Text Editor Dr. Fritz Falk, Shikosha Publishing Co Ltd, 1984, p. 86, fig. 128 another version

Price Code

Ref No   4491