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Pendant: The Descent of Psyche into Hell: M.4 & A-1972

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Titles

Pendant: The Descent of Psyche into Hell

Maker(s)

Ricketts, Charles de Sousy (Designer)
Carlo & Arthur Giuliano (Maker)
Wartski (Case maker)

Description

Gold, enamelled in opaque turquoise-blue, translucent green and red, and opaque white, set with sapphires, emeralds, chrysolites, a pink topaz, a clear gemstone, and a garnet, with a pearl and an uncut (?) emerald drop. The front is decorated in relief with Psyche descending into Hell against a turquoise blue ground. Above is a grotesque mask and a gold loop for suspension. On the back there is an enamelled motif centred on a flower-head, composed of interlacing circles, and a lozenge with looped points, with leaves in the spaces, surrounded by dots, and hearts. Above are the initials 'TM' over 'MA'. Gold chain for suspension. Case (A) of dark green leather, the upper and inner edges decorated with a gold line, lined with chamois leather and cream silk. Rectangular with hinge on the narrow side.

Notes

History note: Maria, née Appia, and Thomas Sturge-Moore, 1904; by descent to their children Miss Riette Sturge-Moore and Mr Daniel Sturge-Moore, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Bought with the Leverton Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm
Width: 5.9 cm cm

Relative size of this object

5.9 cm12.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972-04-27) by Sturge-Moore, Riette, Miss and Sturge-Moore, Daniel

Dating

Early 20th century
Edward VII
Production date: AD 1904

Note

Designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), it was completed on 5 March 1904, as a betrothal gift for Thomas Sturge-Moore (1870-1944), and his cousin Maria Appia who were married in 1904. Mady by the firm of Carlo & Arthur Giuliano, then under the directorship of Arthur Giuliano. The case (A) was lost when the jewel was lent to an exhibition in the USA in 1979, and a new case was made by Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London.

School or Style

Renaissance Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( opaque turquoise-blue, translucent green and red, and opaque white) diamond ( or crystal) pink topaz chrysolite sapphire garnet pearl Decoraton composed of emerald Case Length 17 cm Width 10 cm

Materials used in production

Gold

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Gold, enamelled in opaque turquoise-blue, translucent green and red, and opaque white, set with sapphires, emeralds, chrysolites, a pink topaz, a clear gemstone, and a garnet, with a pearl and an uncut ? emerald drop

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MA
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Enamelled
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: TM
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Enamelled
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 93546
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 17 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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