Medieval, around AD 1400 From France or England The Dunstable Swan Jewel is a livery badge of the highest order and quality. To wear such an item was a declaration of allegiance to a noble family or a king. It is made from opaque white enamel fused over gold, a technique known as émail en ronde bosse that developed in Paris in the second half of the fourteenth century. The chain and coronet attached to the swan's neck are also of gold.
Renaissance Revival Gold, Enamel, and Diamond Architectural-style Pendant, depicting an enamel swan wrapping its neck around a rose-cut diamond cross, the blue enamel ground with rose-cut diamond sun, all within a tabernacle-form mount bordered by twisted columns with rose-cut diamond and pearl swags and suspending pearl drops, engraved foliate accents, lg. 3 in., with indeterminate signature, (alterations).
Renaissance Revival Gold, Enamel, and Diamond Architectural-style Pendant | Sale Number 2561B, Lot Number 538 | Skinner Auctioneers