Etruscan revival pendant

Probably Eugêne Fontenay French

Not on view

While the pendant is not marked by Eugène Fontenay (1824–1887), it exhibits many of stylistic features closely associated with his work, including the matte enamel decoration, and the use of rose-cut diamonds, fine granulation, and beading. Fontenay was one of the leading jewelers working in France in the third quarter of the nineteenth century, and his jewelry was considered among the most technically refined of the work produced at this time. Much of Fontenay’s jewelry was influenced by the antique jewelry of the Campana collection, purchased by the French state in 1861. This Etruscan revival pendant is a reflection of Fontenay’s keen interest in classical prototypes. It is only the second work by Fontenay to enter the Museum’s collection. The pendant belongs to a distinguished group of archaeological jewelry from the second half of the nineteenth century in the Metropolitan Museum.

Etruscan revival pendant, Probably Eugêne Fontenay (French, 1823–1887), Gold, enamel, diamond, French

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