Renaissance revival pendant on chain

Carlo Giuliano Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

This pendant evokes Renaissance jewelry more overtly than other Giuliano pieces in the Museum's collection, and its decorative effect derives largely from a semi-precious stone, in this case amethyst, which is not the case with the other works. The use of openwork and enameling in combination with pearls and semi-precious stones is typical of Giuliano’s work in the Renaissance style; the pendant retains its original chain. While Carlo Giuliano made other Renaissance-revival pendants that prominently employed amethysts, the workmanship on this example is unusually fine.

Renaissance revival pendant on chain, Carlo Giuliano (Italian, active England, ca. 1831–1895), Gold, amethyst, enamel, pearl, diamond, British

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