The size and shape of this pendant suggests that its model was not a Renaissance jewel, but perhaps instead an ornamental cartouche from the rim of a Mannerist silver basin, a plaquette of gold, silver, or rock crystal from a jewel casket, or a book cover. The ornament on the frame and the back of the pendant is a mixture of decorative motifs that were in vogue at several different periods during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The central pattern on the back, ultimately derived from sixteenth-century Moresque ornament, is comparable to one of Reinhold Vasters’s designs for a pendant in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, but the identity of the maker of this pendant remains uncertain.
[Clare Vincent, The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1984, p. 199, no. 119]
Arturo Lopez-Willshaw , Paris (until 1970; sale, Sotheby's, London, October 13, 1970, lot 22); Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
Artist: Mounts after a design by Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)Date: cup first quarter 17th century, mounts 19th centuryMedium: Red jasper, enameled gold, rubiesAccession: 14.40.657On view in:Not on view
Artist: After a design by Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)Date: second half 19th centuryMedium: Rock crystal, silver gilt, enamel, diamondsAccession: 14.40.658a, bOn view in:Gallery 556