Lot 1694: Medieval 'The Lovers' Arts & Crafts Pendant
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th century AD. A silver and gold quatrefoil mount with a figural scene, a dove above, foliage and crosslet decoration to the background, set in a later frame and chain; John Cherry, former Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum says: The central fragment of silver found in the Thames in 1907 shows a secular scene of two standing lovers, female and male, greeting each other. The date of the medieval piece is likely to be fourteenth century. The gilt area surrounding the medieval fragment is post 1907, (and frame, and probably the loop and chain), this was done by a goldsmith who was given the male lover a wing in the gilded area) in order to give the scene a possible interpretation as the Annunication. To have preserved the distinction between old (medieval) and new (post 1907) was a characteristic of Arts & Crafts architects and goldsmiths, so this piece is a particularly interesting example of medieval preservation and Ar ts & Crafts setting. The 1907 parts are not hallmarked by the goldsmith, since this was presumably done as a private commission.; inscription to the reverse: 'Made from a fragment of silver found in the Thames in 1907, depicting a part of the scene of the annunciation.' 25.26 grams; pendant: 39mm, chain: 66cm (1 1/2, 26"). Property of a Sussex lady; acquired before 1990.
Condition Report: Very fine condition. Excessively rare.