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Design for a pendant jewel with two stones, and three pendant pearls, one of three jewellery designs, on a sheet inserted in 'A Jeweller's Pocket Book'; rounded stone cut with a triangular facet, surmounted by an oval stone with square facet, the frame flanked at the centre by two crouched figures and surmounted by a mask, three pendant pearls below. c.1560-70
Pen and black ink, with grey and yellow wash; on vellum
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Height: 96 millimetres
Width: 66 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- South German, probably Bavarian, c1560-70.
See Curator's Comment to 1978,1216.14(1-172).
These three designs (1978,1216.35-37) are all by the same accomplished hand. The jewellery was evidently conceived about the middle of the sixteenth century, and it is quite likely that the drawings were executed by one of the group of goldsmiths working then for the Bavarian court in Munich. The design for the pendant jewel, in particular, should be compared with a pendant recorded in the ducal inventory of 1565 and now preserved in the Schatzkammer of the Residenz, Munich, whose open scrollwork, putti and fruit are closely similar to it. According to Brunner, its design is probably by Hans Mielich (1516-73), and the jewel itself made c. 1560 in the workshop of Abraham Lotter the Elder (d. 1612) at Augsburg (Munich, ‘Schatzkammer’, pp. 266-7, no. 637). By contrast Hackenbroch gives it unhesitatingly to a late phase, c. 1580, of the career of Hans Reimer (active 1555-1604), a goldsmith from Schwerin, who was entered a master in 1555 in the Meisterbuch of the Munich goldsmiths 1555-1567 (Munich, Stadtarchiv, Zimelie 53). Whatever view one takes of these differing opinions (and one is bound be prejudiced as far as the date is concerned in favour of the former in view of its place in the inventory), certainly the style seems rather cool for a Munich designer; indeed, its refined style seemed at first to point to France rather than southern Germany. Even so my researches among the jewels and designs ofthat country in the second half of the sixteenth century have borne no fruit. So perhaps one should maintain the connection with Munich at least until some new light can be thrown on the problem.
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
From the Jeweller's Pocket Book, 1978,1216.14 (1-172).
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