An exquisite and vibrant bird pendant from the 19th century Qajar period. (1789-1925) This large pendant was created in the form of an eagle, the king of birds, and it is fully adorned with polychrome enamels on both sides, front and the back. The rich colors of red, pink, blue, green and white depict feathers over the pattern of the wings on front, and a full panel of the flowers on the reverse side completes the piece. A piece like this was often worn as a pendant or headdress ornament. It can also be worn on garments if pinned with a brooch/pin fitting.
Both sides of this bird pendant are equally beautiful offering a spirited and striking appearance. The bird has hanging seed pearls from its beak, wings and the tail. And a small turquoise crown and ruby paste eyes accentuate the bird’s face. The front body features four oval paste stones that are deep red, green and clear/white. The stones are foil-backed and lively in colors and brightness. The bird is crafted in 22k gold, and we have now added a matching gold loop. (See the third last image after we added the loop.) The pendant weighs 13.25 grams, and it is ready to be worn. Overall it is in very good condition.
Two last images are for reference from Sotheby's and Christies' archives.
Total Drop: Approximately 50mm (1.97")
Width: Approximately 25mm (0.98" at the widest)
* One photo shows our 19th century French enamel vinaigrette together. This listing is for the bird pendant only.