- Museum number
Lozenge-shaped pendant entwined with ribbon work, set with stones and pearls, and a hanging pearl, one of three designs for pendants, lozenge-shaped, or set with lozenge stones, from the 'Jewellery Book'; five stones set in a cruciform pattern with four pearls between the folds of ribbon
Pen and black ink, with grey and light yellow wash
- Production date
- 1532-1543 (circa)
Height: 63 millimetres
Width: 41 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also SL,5308.1-179
LITERATURE: Reid, pl. 16; pl. xli, 8; LB, ii, p. 335, no. 28h; Evans, English Jewellery, pl. xvi, 9; Ganz, p. 64, no. 322, repr.; Birmingham, Jewellery, p. 100, no. 443, viii; White, p. 560, no. 36; VAM, Court Jewels, p. 119, no. G. 10, 3h
Joan Evans associated two of these designs, SL,5308.98 and SL,5308.97, with a pendant jewel of closely similar design that she had acquired from the Cook Collection in 1925, and afterwards gave to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The form of the setting is very like that in the design of a circular jewel (SL,5308.41). Evans has been followed by Hackenbroch in accepting the proposal that the jewel is a contemporary piece after the designs by Holbein and, because of the open setting of the central stone and the cabalistic inscription on the reverse, a jewel taken to have magic powers (Hackenbroch, pp. 276-8, repr.).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1960, BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.)
2002/3, Oct-April, BM, 'Hans Sloane's Collection of Prints and Drawings' (no cat.)
2006/7 Sep-Jan, London, Tate Britain, 'Holbein in England'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Dept. of Manuscripts to Prints + Drawings on 20 July 1860. For a history of the contents of Sloane 5308, see SL,5308.1.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add.5308.a (Dept. of Manuscripts Mss no.)