A Spanish gold and enamel horse pendant, circa 1600.

The saddled horse, that once had a figure of Cupid sitting on its saddle, is set with rubies on one side, on the other with emeralds and hung with pearls. There is a charming detail in its making: the raised leg is hinged so that when moved, the horse appears to be pawing the air. Height 8.3cm.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule which recorded a huge bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, listed under the heading ‘Jewels’: ‘A Cupid on horseback in Gold enameld with a gold Chaine sett with rubies & diamonds and three pendant pearls’.


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