Posted 5 years ago
A superbly crafted original Limoges enamel pendant with original silver mount. Limoges is not only the birthplace of the well-known porcelain artists; since the Middle Ages an industry of decorative artists schooled in fine quality enamel on copper was also based there. This particular piece depicts a young Lady (Holy Mary?) in profile. Her face is exquisitely portrayed with fine detail and tonal qualities. The use of metallic shimmering enamels can be seen in the bonnet and dress. She is profiled against the classic royal blue enamel.
The enamel is in good condition with only one loss near the nose but fortunately not in the face. The palette and rendering of realistic tone and decorative features are superb.The back of the pendant is also enamelled to strengthen the piece. It is signed Bardonnaud Limoges. It dates to around 1890 - early 1900s.
The pendant measures 4 cm (1.5 inches) top to bottom and 2 cm (0.9 inch) wide. The enamel is set in a silver frame full little Marcasites.
This pendant makes a wonderful match (you could call it a demi-parure) with my already 2 years ago showed brooch here on CW. See link:
I adore the wonderful blue colors of the enamel. Don't you agree??