Enquiry about object: 9025
Thai Courtly Gold Pendant set with Emeralds, Rubies & Diamonds
Bangkok, Thailand 19th century
length: 6.2cm, width: 4.8cm, weight: 21g
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This spectacular solid-gold pendant with a floral design, is richly ornamented with dozens of rose-cut diamonds, emeralds and rubies. The construction is complex and based around a larger, central emerald in a raised setting. There are nine suspended dangles, shaped as small pomegranates (taub tim).
Such pendants were made in Bangkok in the 19th century and were based on court jewellery. Indeed, many such pieces would have been made for minor royals of whom there were many on account of the extraordinary polygamy of the primary court. Mid-19th century Siamese court dress for ladies was elegant but simple which was perfect for the addition of complex, gem studded brooches, necklaces and pendants.
The Chakri Dynasty kings were very influenced by European fashions and this flowed through to dress and jewellery. The enormous prestige of the Chakri Dynasty saw these influences emulated by the rest of the upper echelons of Bangkok society.
Similar pendants are illustrated in Richter (2000, p. 94-95).
The pendant is in perfect condition. All stones are present, and there are no repairs. The pendant is particularly beautiful and very wearable.
Richter, A., The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.