Antique Egyptian Revival Enamel Pendant with Hidden Locket
This exquisitely enameled pendant dates to the late 1800s (circa 1880) when Egyptian motif themed jewelry became quite popular. This aesthetic coincides with archeological excavations that were taking place throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. The pendant is rolled gold (a brassy base metal with a layer of gold on top) and over the last century it has aged to perfection. The patina is warm and golden with just the right amount of brightness. The figure displays a stylized Egyptian headdress and is wonderfully enameled in the striking colors of lapis, coral and turquoise. The face has remarkably realistic shading with finely detailed features and an undeniable beauty. Nicely framing the portrait is a pierced Greek key border which adds a wonderful texture without distracting your eye from the figure. The top is fitted with a matching Greek key bale with an opening large enough for virtually any style chain, ribbon or cord. When you turn the pendant over you may be surprised to find a hidden glass enclosure! The little hinge at the top allows you to lift the glass cover to insert a photo or memento then press it tightly closed, keeping it a secret yet easy enough to peek at whenever you choose! Over the last 10 years of buying and selling antique jewelry I've only seen one other pendant similar to this one. At that time my jaw dropped and I snapped it up in a hurry. To this day it remains in my personal collection. Although I'm tempted to hold onto this one as well, it'll give me more pleasure to let someone else enjoy it!
The measurement of the pendant excluding the bale is 1-5/8" long by 1-3/8" wide. The bale and fixed loop add an additional length of 5/8". The locket compartment measures 1-1/8" long by 7/8" wide. If you are in need of a chain please let me know. I'll be happy to help with finding one to suit your taste.