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An ornate Renaissance pearl pendant offered for £47,500 from Bentley & Skinner.

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Fashioned around an unusually shaped Renaissance baroque pearl, this highly ornate gold and enamelled pendant depicts one of the Greek gigantes.

‘The Gigantas Pendant’ is believed to originate from south Germany and dates to the late 16th century.

It shares similarities with Renaissance jewels in the British Museum and The Louvre and is stylistically close to the Canning Jewel in the V&A (now viewed as a 19th century copy).

The sculpted figure wears the ivy wreath of Dionysus and holds the arrow of Apollo with delicate enamelling detailing his armour and serpent legs

It has some later alterations and is priced at £47,500 from jewellery specialist Bentley & Skinner.

bentley-skinner.co.uk