Pendant with Marguerite de Valois


Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama
Torino, Italy

The pendant portrays Margaret of France, the daughter of Francis I of France and, in 1559, the wife of Duke Emanuel Philibert of Savoy. We see her wearing a sumptuous dress and a characteristic coiffure with a net cap fastened to her head by a string of set stones. The practice of sculpting unusual, pre-cious and rare materials in relief became commonplace in the Cinquecento as a result of the interest of princes and rulers in unique, amazing objects (rariora et mirabilia). This type of imagery is similar to that of portraits on coins and medals


  • Title: Pendant with Marguerite de Valois
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Lifespan: 16th century - 16th century
  • Date: 1500
  • Physical Dimensions: w41 x h68 mm
  • Date of acquisition: 2005
  • Acquisition: From the Savoy Collections. Purchased
  • Provenance: Museo Civico d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin
  • Type: Cameo
  • Rights: http://www.palazzomadamatorino.it/copyright.php
  • External Link: Museo Civico d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin
  • Medium: Engraved mother-of-pearl, gold, enamel

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