French Ruby, Sapphire & Diamond ‘Essex Crystal’ Pendant
A rare and unusual antique French reverse intaglio ‘Essex Crystal’ dog pendant. With a charming hand painted portrait of a dog, painted to the reverse within a hand carved intaglio portrait within a cabochon cut rock crystal. Mounted to the centre of a stunning frame of beautiful rubies, blue sapphires and bright rose cut diamonds. The carved rock crystal produces a wonderful visual trompe l’oeil effect, giving life to the sitter. The pendant is engraved to the reverse with lettering, finished in blue champlevé enamel, reading; ‘PAR TOI MA CHAIN – ET DOUCHE‘ translating to ‘close to you my chain is sweet‘. The circular cluster drop is suspended from a rose cut diamond set bale and is beautifully hand crafted in 18 carat yellow gold and silver. Bearing French poinçon and dating to circa 1870.