An enamel, pearl and gem-set pendant, by Robert Phillips,
Lot 187A
An enamel, pearl and gem-set pendant,
by Robert Phillips, circa 1870
Sold for £6,500 (US$ 10,925) inc. premium
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Lot Details
An enamel, pearl and gem-set pendant, by Robert Phillips, circa 1870
Of Holbeinesque design, the circular openwork scrolling plaque, decorated with polychrome enamel, set to the centre with a 7.0mm pearl and four rectangular mixed-cut rubies, accented to each cardinal point with a cushion-shaped diamond, suspending a 6.8mm pearl drop, capped by black and white enamel and a cushion-shaped ruby, maker's mark, later brooch fitting, pearls untested, length 7.9cm, fitted case by Collingwood Ltd, 46 Conduit St W.

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by a report from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory. Please refer to the jewellery department for further details.

    Robert Phillips and his brother Magnus founded the firm Phillips Brothers in 1839, trading at 31 Cockspur Street, London. They moved to 23 Cockspur Street in 1862 and the company name was changed to Phillips Brothers & Son around 1865. Robert Phillips (1810-1881) was the leading partner and became one of the principal jewellers in London to work in the revivalist style. He was the only English jeweller to be awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1867. He and Carlo Giuliano were known to have worked together and similarities can be seen in Phillips' jewellery. After his death the company was continued by his sons, Alfred and Claude, his brother William and his wife Helen. The firm ceased to trade in 1902.

    For a similar example see "Castellani and Giuliano: Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century" by Geoffrey C Munn, plate 28.

Saleroom notices

  • Accompanied by a report from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory stating that the drop-shaped pearl is natural, saltwater. Report number 09028, dated 1st December 2013.
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