A rare German pierced gold and enamel gem in the form of a pomander, circa 1600.

In the form of a globe, with applied scrollwork and pendant ring; decorated in white, apple-green, turquoise and mid blue cloisonné enamel, enriched with a garnet and numerous pendant pearls, perhaps formerly attached to a girdle, height 8cm, diameter 4cm.

1690 Devonshire Schedule: possibly one of ..”Two Gold Casting Bottles for Incens Enamel’d  Openworke sett full with pearle”.

This was an extremely glamorous container for one of the essentials in Elizabethan ladies’ lives-herbs and essences to hide the dreadful smells that occurred everywhere. Pomanders such as this were either worn on a neck-chain or attached to a girdle.


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