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.

This is possibly one of two items listed in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter: ..”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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