Baroque pearl with enameled gold mounts set with sapphires and rubies, and with pendent pearls
Height: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 540
Baroque pearls provided a special challenge to the imagination of the Renaissance goldsmith. The rather difficult shape of this irregular pearl has been used in an ingenious way to suggest the hybrid form of the centaur, the half-human, half-equine creature of classical myth. The base of the jewel incorporates an earlier piece of gold filigree work in a lobed pattern associated with Hispano-Moresque design. In addition, although reenameled, it displays traces of the dull enameled colors used by Hispano-Moresque goldsmiths. The jewel-decorated band on the side of the base, the chains, and the canopy from which the chains are suspended are later additions.
Artist: Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)Date: ca. 1870–95Medium: Baroque pearl mounted with enameled gold set with pearls, emeralds and rubies and with pendent pearlsAccession: 1982.60.382On view in:Gallery 542