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Enamel and Freshwater Pearl Gold Parrot Pendant


Dating from the 1880s, this Renaissance Revival parrot pendant is composed of enameled gold and freshwater pearls. Designed as a fully three-dimensional, chased and engraved bird with pearl breastplate and polychrome champlevé enamel wings, the perching parrot is suspended from a pearl and fancy-link chain, with a pearl pendant. Suspended from a period chain or ribbon, this vividly-colored revival jewel will please any bird lover enamored of these talkative and vivacious companions.

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Item #: PT-17608
Circa: 1880s
Size: 3.25” length, 1” width
Materials: 7 Freshwater pearls; Champlevé enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: European assay marks

The 19th century love affair with the Renaissance resulted in the revival of enameling techniques that had been considered lost, and inspired the genius of many great French jewelers like Falize and Fontenay. The imaginative polychrome enamel pendants of baroque pearls and champlevé enamel expressed the spirit of invention and creativity of the Renaissance goldsmiths and their revivalists.