Fine Jewellery

Early French Georgian St Esprit Silver & Paste Pendant Necklace


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    An early French St Esprit silver & paste pendant necklace. A wonderful piece of Georgian paste which is also antique religious jewelry.

    This is the most beautiful, mid nineteenth century, French Saint Esprit pendant I have ever come across. It is marked but the area of the hallmarks are dented and it is extremely hard to decipher them. There is a French poincon mark along with something that looks like a dog's head? We have tested the pendant to be Silver. The stones are pastes but twinkle like diamonds!

    Saint Esprit translates as the Holy Ghost presented as a dove shaped religious symbol. Popular in the late eighteenth century as a religious icon. These were particularly popular in France. This is a good example as it not only has white paste but coloured as well. The dove is holding the olive branch for peace in its beak, which unusually contains coloured paste stones as well as clear ones.

    The pendant is constructed in two parts. The top section is curved and pierced with a fine paste bow at the centre. From it hangs the truly magnificent dove carrying a floral branch.

    The back is smoothly finished in silver, but there is traces of soldering on the fine pierced work at the the top and there is slight denting to the tail tip. The chain is silver and very fine. It measures 37 cm / 23 inches.

    The condition is breathtaking! All the stones are intact and sparkling. It is clear that it has been very carefully preserved. I know that the new owner will be delighted to have such a very rare piece in their collection.

    Measurement: 2 3/4 in / 8 cm top to bottom 1.5 in / 4 cm in width at widest point

    Condition: Good, one top section has been soldered on at some point, slight denting to reverse

    Hallmarks: French poincon mark for 925 silver, and another indistinct mark. a dog head?

    Date & Origin: Georgian (1714-1837), French

    Provenance: French originally, purchased at Auction in the UK in 2017

    A wonderful example of an early French religious necklace, a unique gift and a unique piece of jewelry which would also be glorious as a dainty necklace for a bride wanting something old and something christian on her special day
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