A silver, gold and diamond brooch-pendant, necklace and earring demi-parure, Portuguese, 17th-18th century and later. Photo Bonhams
Comprising: a ‘laca’ brooch/pendant, the double-bow surmount with realistic fluttering ends, suspending a detachable cross, both of openwork decoration with gold diagonal radiating beams, a pair of pendent earrings, also of double-bow design between two scrolling openwork sections, accompanied by a later necklace and extension fitting, the whole set throughout with rose-cut diamonds in closed-back collet settings in silver and yellow gold, two diamonds deficient in necklace, one diamond deficient in brooch, the necklace can be shortened or lengthened with the extension fitting, the ‘laca’ can be worn either as the centrepiece of the necklace or as a brooch, necklace length (without extension fitting) 46.5cm, brooch/pendant length 6.5cm, earring length 3.8cm, fitted case. Estimate £12,000 – 15,000 (€15,000 – 19,000) – Lot 103
For a similar example of a 17th/18th century Portuguese parure, see d’Orey, Leonor, « Five Centuries of Jewellery », permanent exhibition of the National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon, Zwemmer Publishers Limited, 1995, page 56.
For a similar ‘laca’ pendant, see « A Sparkling Age, 17th-Century Diamond Jewellery », program of the Diamantmuseum Antwerpen 1993 exhibition, page 192.
Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, INCORPORATING THE CERES COLLECTION, LOTS 1 TO 101; A COLLECTION OF CAMEOS & INTAGLIOS FORMED BY AN AMERICAN FAMILY FROM THE 1930S TO THE 1990S, 17 Sep 2014 13:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET