Kensington House Antiques and Sterling Silver Kensington House
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1837 VR item #1373719
Kensington House Antiques
A rare gilt bronze watch fob with a carnelian seal with an allegorical figure depicting "Temptation" in the form a hooded monk with hands piously folded across his own chest while standing next to a nude woman. The woman is pressing against him and appears to be whispering into his ear. Virtuous themes presented gentlemen of the era with an opportunity to indulge in a little erotic naughtiness. The figure is enhanced with detailed engraving.
  • England or France, circa 1830
  • Very good condition; light wear to gilding; no engraving on carnelian; better in person than the photos
  • 1-1/2" x 7/8" x 11/16"
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1910 item #1279224
Kensington House Antiques
A very fine and rare Bohemian garnet pendant featuring an openwork butterfly pave set with rose-cut garnets and enclosed within a heart-shaped gilt metal frame. Most Bohemian garnet jewelry was made in the more traditional styles popular in England and America, but this pendant--in the more stylized Germanic Jugendstil--is particularly striking. Some of the butterfly's wings are set with large, deeply colored stones, while others are set with smaller, brighter stones to provide contrast. The pendant is completed with a 20-inch gold-filled chain.

Origin: Bohemia, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent; chain is a later addition. Dimensions: pendant, 1-1/2 x 2-7/8".