A French enamelled gold backplate of a pendant, circa 1570.

The convex side with enamelling en basse taille in bright red, blue, green and yellow showing the prophet Elijah in his chariot with Elisha before the River Jordan; the concave side with translucent enamel en ronde bosse showing Jonah and the Whale. This is typical of the French way of covering a pendant or other goldsmithing element at this time, height 3.5cm.
The 1690 Devonshire Schedule recording a huge bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter lists under ‘Gold Things’: ‘Jonas in the Whales Belly being a hollow Gold plate Enamel’d with Green the top of some Case’.

REFERENCE: EWA08550

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