A beautiful and intricate Madonna and child necklace from the Art Deco era (ca1920)! Likely of Russian origin, this 14kt gold piece is comprised of a painted porcelain pendant that hangs from from a braided gold chain. The pendant has an intricate hand-painted image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms. The detail is incredibly fine, depicting both figures wearing richly colored garments and ornate crowns. Surrounding the porcelain plaque is an alternating border of sparkling diamonds and luscious calibrated rubies. A foreign inscription that appears to read "cnacu u coxpahu" is engraved on the reverse side of the piece. At the top of the pendant is a complimentary diamond-lined bail stamped with several small hallmarks, which are difficult to decipher but could be Russian characters. The braided gold chain is simply beautiful and pairs perfectly with the pendant. It has a small link stamped "14K" and "1924" and fastens with a spring ring clasp. A true work of art, this stunning pendant would make a very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 16" long. The pendant hangs 1 1/4" long (including the bail), measures 3/4" wide, and is 1/16" thick. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 7.8 dwt.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or painted porcelain image. The ruby and diamond stones are all intact, and the bail is secure. The spring ring clasp fastens securely and is in good working order.