Victorian Era Miniature Reverse Painted Intaglio Collie Portrait Pendant in 14k Gold
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A very miniature, Victorian-era, reverse painted intaglio pendant, modeled in 14k yellow gold, whose subject is a sable-colored Collie, depicted in profile. Our watchful canine’s likeness was carved into the backside of this high-domed crystal— the recessed areas were then painted with a tiny, hair-fine brush. This "Essex crystal" technique, which is more or less lost to time, creates an amazing illusion of depth, that can be experienced from all angles. Our tiny collie portrait sits on a luminous mother of pearl ground. The crystal is mounted in a smooth bezel. The pendant hangs from a large, oval bail. We love this miniature example— at just 10 mm (2/5”) she is a wonder!
Total drop, including bail, is approx 19 mm (about 3/4"); bezel measures approx 10 mm (about 2/5").