Enamel, Fabergé, Jewelry and Vertu > Swiss diamond-set gold and pictorial enamel pendant lover’s remembrance watch retailed by Fabergé

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.

 

Price: $4,000

Item#: 1302-005

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