This is a pendant. It was made by Charles Horner Ltd., English, 1867-1984. It is dated 1911 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is cut, cast and hammered silver with basse-taille enamel, set with mother-of-pearl, fresh-water baroque pearl drop, cut silver wire chain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Pendants formed a smaller but popular form of Horner jewelry. Celtic crosses had inspired arts and crafts movement jewelry. In Horner’s creations, they evolved into a more art nouveau style. This pendant shows the more laborious basse-taille technique with chasing or engraving under the layers of blue and green mixed translucent enamel, all set within the raised fields of silver, centered by a cut of abalone mother-of-pearl circle, and with a pendant freshwater pearl below it.
This object was
Judy Francis Zankel.
It is credited
Gift of Judy Francis Zankel.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D (pendant): 4.1 x 2.6 x 0.1 cm (1 5/8 in. x 1 in. x 1/16 in.)
It has the following markings
CH and Assay Marks for Chester, England, 1912?
Cite this object as
Pendant (England); Made by Charles Horner Ltd. ; cut, cast and hammered silver with basse-taille enamel, set with mother-of-pearl, fresh-water baroque pearl drop, cut silver wire chain; H x W x D (pendant): 4.1 x 2.6 x 0.1 cm (1 5/8 in. x 1 in. x 1/16 in.) ; Gift of Judy Francis Zankel; 2013-55-6
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Iridescence.