Art Deco 1920's Czech Portrait Pendant, Peking Glass
Czechoslovakia was a prolific centre for the production of quality costume jewellery during the first fourty years of the 20th Century. Their high quality pieces were sent all over the world. The portrait pendants were very much in demand for the ladies who could not afford the precious jewelled European pieces. I do not know who the lady is who modelled for this portrait but I have seen the same portrait on a number of pieces, sometimes called Queen Louise.(not authenticated)The portrait is transfer printed on to a ceramic disc set in to a gold tone frame and encircled with small peking glass beads. This pendant is sometimes attributed to the famous Neiger brand. The Neiger Brothers produced wonderful Czech costume jewellery in an area close to Prague called Jablonec. It may be, but it is impossible to authenticate.
The oval pendant itself measures 5cms x 4cms, set in to a gold tone metal. There is a little wear to the back of the pendant and normal age patina to the brass connectors. The portrait is lovely and she is surrounded by small peking glass beads. There is a series of oval shaped peking glass beads interspersed with the brass connector chain finished with a ring clasp. The small oval pendant from which the main pendant hangs has a central faux pearl and hand enamelling. The chain itself is 47cms end to end. There is a little wear commensurate with age to the back of the pendant but otherwise excellent condition, and gift boxed by Vintageonline.