The Sacrifice of Isaac

Probably after a design by Reinhold Vasters German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 542

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]

The Sacrifice of Isaac, Probably after a design by Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen), Enameled gold set with emeralds, rubies, and pearls and with pendant pearls, probably French or German

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