16 th to 19 th Century jewellery from the Hermitage Leningrad
Silver-gilt knife-grinder, with cornelian, glass, and enamel, studded with pearls, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies Height 8.8 cm
Dresden. Eaily 18th century The Hermitage, Leningrad
Figurines of this kind were made in Saxony by Johann Melchior Dinglmger, jeweller to the court of the Elector Augustus the Strong. Dinglinger’s workshop, where this knife-grinder was made, was famous for the very extensive use of diverse materials of every description, like baroque peat Is, cut gems and semi-precious stones, enamels, glass, porcelain, and precious metals. The knife-grinder was brought to Russia, along with a number of other similar figurines, by Peter the Great, who visited Dinglinger’s workshop during his stay in Saxony.
THE HERMITAGE COLLECTION OF WESTERN EUROPEAN APPlilED ART RANKS AMONG THE WORLD’S LARGEST AND FINEST COLLECTIONS OF THIS KIND. CONTAINING AS IT DOES MASTERPIECES PRODUCED IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND IN DIFFERENT EPOCHS,
FROM THE EARLY RENAISSANCE DOWN TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, THE COLLECTION IS UNIQUELY REPRESENTATIVE.
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Silver hat-pin, decorated with a parrot within a ring, pave-set with small diamonds Length 13.9 cm Russia, St. Petersburg. 1780s
Silver hat-pin surmounted by a bee made of diamonds Length 12.9 cm Russia, St, Petersburg.. 1740s
Pendant made of an uncut emerald, in gold setting decorated in white and black enamel, suspended on a chain from a cross formed by five emeralds Length 10 cm
Spain. First half ot the 16th century The Hermitage, Leningrad
The Spanish jewellery of the sixteenth century, of which the pendant is an example, is very rare nowadays, although at that time Spain was ostentatiously rich in resplendent jewellery with dazzling gems brought from South America. The caravel is a kind of symbol of the age of exploration and discovery. The Hermitage ship is made of a magnificent emerald weighing about 125 carats. Its extraordinary translucence, as well as the brightness and intensity of its tone, suggest that the stone comes from Colombia.