Silver Gilt Pendant Large Flower (No4)
Material: silver applied with 24ctr gold coat
Height: 6 cm Weight: 20 g
Period: early 20th century
Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast, probably Kotor
The pendant appertains to the type of the Balkan jewellery emerged around the middle of the 19th century and remained popular until the middle of the 20th century. This jewellery is distinguished by the combination of the newly adopted latest Western European stiles and the traditional local crafting techniques, such as filigree and granulation. Thus the intrinsic style was created, at first in the urban environment where jewelers were more open to various influences. Hence the style can be identified as urban style. Thereafter the new style was adopted in the rural environment, reflecting on the ethnographic jewellery too.
The pendant is the premier example of the highly elaborated and meticulously made jewellery, produced in urban centres alongside the Adriatic coast. Most probably it was made in the town Kotor.
The pendant is made in silver, in filigree technique.
It is in a form of a flower intricately made of very fine silver wire. It has five layers gradually diminishing from the back one to the top one, giving the three-dimensional expression. Each of the layers is in a different form of a flower with various petal shapes. The overall effect is the very opulent piece of jewellery.
According to the high perfection of crafting the pendant can be attributed to the master jeweler. It can be dated at the early 20th century when filigree technique still was at the apex of development. The pendant clearly shows the influences of European jewellery design from that period.
The silver pendant is newly applied with 24ctr gold.
It the past only the most the most luxurious examples of jewellery were originally gold-plated. We introduced the novelty in our selection of local silver jewellery creating the collection of genuine and unique antique silver jewellery with newly applied gilding.
This collection is created exclusively for our Luštica Bay gallery.
All the presented dates are given to the best of our knowledge. For all further information please contact us.
For additional reading please see Balkan Silver.