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Louis Wièse A Neogothical Wiese Pendant, Circa 1890
Details
Eighteen-carat gold
Lenght 59 cm (23.2 in.)
Submitted
Additional Information
This eighteen-carat gold necklace was made by the French goldsmith Louis Wièse in Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century. The openwork cast pendant is in the Neogothic style. In the centre of the pendant is the threedimensional head of a young man wearing a hat, surrounded by a lattice of acanthus leaves. The original cable chain incorporates six oval, openwork ornaments. Three of them contain different heads of young men. The other three have grotesque masks: an imp, a fool and a satyr. The openwork links reflect architectural motifs, specifically the windows in Gothic cathedrals and the foliate vines found in late medieval book illuminations.
Signature
Signed 'Wiese'
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