Silver pectoral cross set with rock crystals in rectangular and octagonal cuts with degrees, the back of the frame enamelled with painted decoration of black and pink floral scrolls on a white background, with suspension bail.
Small lacks and slight restorations to the enamel.
In its original brown leather case in the form, gilt with small irons, interior in black silk.
Paris, Louis XIV period, 1650-1700.
H. 13.5 x W. 10.5 cm.
A comparable cross reproduced in: Gilles Légaré (1610-1685) & Louis Cossin, Livre d’Ouvrages d’Orfèvrerie, plate 7, 1663, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (E. 5749-1908) (ill. 1).
- A diamond-set pendant cross with similarly painted enamel back, c. 1650-1700, is kept at the Victoria & Albert Museum (inv. M.74-1962) (ill. 2).
- The painted enamel backs of the portrait boxes of Kings Louis XIV and William III, c. 1680-1690, kept at the Louvre Museum and in the collection of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, are also comparable to the back of this cross (ill. 3 and 4).