Pomp and circumstance

Rare pendant made of a Frederick d'or coin from 1799, around 1900

Between 1741 and 1855 the Friedrich d'or was in circulation: a gold coin named after Frederick the Great. On the obverse it was stamped with the portrait of the respective ruler from the House of Hohenzollern, on the reverse the Prussian eagle with the year. Today, the Friedrich d'or is very rare and fetches high collector's prices. But what does this have to do with jewellery? Jewellery was often made from coins as well. More often one sees pieces of jewellery that hold an old coin as a showpiece. Rarer are so-called "Pop Out" coins, also called "Repoussé Coin" or "Pushed Out Coin", because they are rarities and true works of art. Normally, the goldsmith works out the portrait on the coin from behind, so that a sculptural repoussé work with the motif of the coin is created. In this case, however, the goldsmith did not follow the actual portrait of King Frederick William III, which adorned the obverse of the Frederick d'or minted in 1799 - he worked out the portrait of a lady freehand. The young woman is depicted wearing a splendid hat with her elaborately curled hair flowing out from under it. A large, airy feather and waving ribbons of bows further adorn her. It is the fashion of the late rococo that she embodies, as it was worn in the 1780s. In keeping with this, the coin has been set in a custom frame, also designed in the rococo style. Elegantly curved, three-dimensional ribbons form a network set with four diamonds. Below, three baroque natural pearls form a girandole motif. The workmanship, the cuts of the diamonds and their platinum settings show that the piece was made around 1900. The forms of the Rococo period were once again in vogue: they were inspired by the equally playful and gallant forms of the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, thus establishing a link with the Belle Époque period, which was equally characterised by wealth, joie de vivre and exuberance. The exceptional pendant is very well preserved. In later times, it was given a new eyelet on which it can now be worn on a chain or ribbon.

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