Exquisite Enamel on Copper Equestrian Scene Racing Horse c1790 Silver Georgian
I have sold many enamelled pieces in the past thirty years but nothing of this high quality.
The amount of crisp detail on the enamel is amazing.
This is a beautiful depiction of a proud race horse owner attired in typical Georgian period riding outfit with his handsome saddled horse.
The scene is typical Georgian (end of the 18th century) with the owner/rider.
I have included a similar scene painted in 1760 by the famous Stubbs for comparison.
The oval scene contains stunning detail even in the background such as the tree and the sky – all exquisitely painted.
What makes this piece truly stand out is that fact that it only measures 4.3cm x 3.4cm.
This is a miniature size but must have belonged to someone of high status.
There is a lovely rope design border surrounding the whole scene.
The enamel is cabochon or domed shape which just adds more elegance to this piece.
It is even enamelled in white on the reverse and there are just slight hints of copper visible under very close inspection on the reverse (barely noticeable).
The luxurious work of art would make an amazing pendant or brooch with very little work required by the jeweller (either attaching a loop or a pin to the silver border).
There are some light, minor surface marks visible under a loop/magnifier but these do not detract from the overall amazing, clean, bright and complete condition of this delightful gem that has survived over two centuries.
Please note that the border tests as sterling silver (92.5% purity).
This was attached to a Georgian silver box which had been damaged and the previous owner unfortunately decided to have the box melted down, saving this section.
It is guaranteed to be at least 200 years old.
Please note that the 10p coin NOT included in this sale.
Have a look at my other sterling silver items – discount available on multiple purchases.