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Pendant Cross: M.48 & A-1984

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Current Location: In storage


Pendant Cross


Maker: Rinzi, Ernesto




Gold openwork set with a large cabochon sapphire in the centre, surrounded by four pearls, and with smaller back-painted sapphires on the arms, the reverse with a small empty compartment under glass. With beaded loop for suspension. In original red leather leather case. (A)


History note: Purchased by Mrs J. Hull Grundy from Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London, W1

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Width: 7.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-06-11) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


19th Century, third quarter#
Victoria I
Circa 1860 CE - 1865 CE


Having trained under the Italian jewellers Castellani in Rome, Rinzi emigrated to England in 1859. He specialised in producing jewellery in the Renaissance Revival style. This intricate pendant cross is copied from a painting of Christ, by the workshop of Quinten Massys, c. 1510–25, which had entered the collection of the National Gallery, London a few years earlier, in 1857.

School or Style

Renaissance Revival

Components of the work

Decoration composed of sapphire ( cabochon) pearls
Case composed of leather ( red)
Compartment Cover composed of glass

Materials used in production

openwork Gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E.R.
  • Location: Ring loop at the top
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 3
  • Location: Ring loop at the top
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.48 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 119126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 August 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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