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Edwardian Citrine Intaglio Pendant of Boy with Thorn on Natural Pearl & 18ct White Gold Chain



A beautiful oval carved Madeira citrine pendant of a boy picking a thorn out of his foot. It is surrounded by small natural pearls and diamonds with a diamond top loop. It is suspended from an 18ct white gold and natural pearl chain.

“Boy with Thorn”, also called Fedele (Fedelino) or Spinario, is a Greco-Roman Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot, now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome. A Roman marble of this subject from the Medici collections is in a corridor of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

The sculpture was one of the very few Roman bronzes that was never lost to sight. It was standing outside the Lateran Palace when the Navarrese rabbi Benjamin of Tudela saw it in the 1160s and identified it as Absalom, who “was without blemish from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” It was celebrated in the Early Renaissance, one of the first Roman sculptures to be copied.

This carved citrine is a faithful and very well executed representation of the subject.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginEdwardian (1901-1914), European
MeasurementsChain 21 in / 53. 3 cm in length
Pendant 1 ½ in / 3.8 cm in height by 1 in / 2.5 cm in width
Height from top of diamond loop to base 2 in / 5.1 cm
Diamonds approx 25 points total weight
Hallmarks750 (for 18ct white gold)
Maker's mark LHG

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