A Swiss diamond-set gold and pictorial enamel pendant watch, B. Altenburger, retailed by Fabergé, circa 1895. The brooch chased as a blossom and enameled with purple and white pansy leaves centered with a rose cut diamond, the pendant watch similarly enameled and set with a diamond on the front, the reverse with a white enameled watch face, the numbers painted in red or black and with a band of gilt dots. the watch engraved B. Altenburger in Cyrillic, with Swiss marks and numbered 5517, the pendant marked Fabergé in Cyrillic and with 56 standard import mark. Height: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm).
Provenance: Sotheby’s Geneva, 13 November 1986, lot 463, illustrated.
Wild pansies are known as heart’s ease both for their medicinal properties as well as the flower’s use in love potions to ease the heart- or love-sick. The English name pansy is derived from the French word pensée (thought) and the flower is regarded as a symbol of remembrance, particularly of one’s beloved. This little pendant or lapel watch was meant to be help the wearer count the hours until she was reunited with her lover.
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