Mourning pendants: 18th century
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Mourning pendants. Two pendants featuring glass compartments, seed pearls and ivory. The oval pendant has two glass compartments in a gold frame, set with seed pearls around the front rim. The front compartment contains, in relief on an ivory ground, a monument supporting an urn decorated with diamonds, gold banding, swags set with seed pearls and the monogram LL. The monument is set in a landscape underneath a weeping willow. The back compartment contains a sample of plaited hair. The octagonal pendant is in engine turned gold, with two glass compartments. The upper contains bows of hair and seed pearls against a ground of translucent blue enamel. The lower is painted ivory depicting a lady seated in a landscape, writing on a circular plinth which is set with gold wire and seed pearls. Both examples date from the late 18th century.
1770 AD - 1800 AD