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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre 1920: item # 914419

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Rare Reverse Painted Crystal Dog Pendant
Reverse carved and painted crystals are wonderful and when done as well as this, are little paintings you can wear! This technique of carving a domed crystal from the backside and painting it from the back (in reverse!), was discovered in 1860 and became quite popular through the 1930s. Most often, these depicted sporting scenes, fish, birds and dogs. Insects which appear especially so realistic, are often thought to be real as this technique seems to bring the subject to life in its 3 dimensionality. This little terrier sitting on the beach so alertly, with his ears up gazing out at the ocean, was most likely a specially commissioned piece by its owner, very unusual and rare. He is so beautifully handpainted, you can see the individual hairs of his fur, the palm like trees and the columns on the house in the background. (Note: The light which looks like a sunset behind the trees is actually just appearing due to my lighting. In reality, the sky is simply the mother of pearl background seen on the right side.) The piece is framed and backed in a 14kt gold mount with a bale from which to attach a gold chain or a beautiful ribbon. I've never seen one like this! The condition is excellent. 1 1/4" diameter. Circa 1920.


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