Provenance: Dolores del Rio
Illustrated: “The Impossible Collection of Jewelry” by Vivienne Becker(Assouline, 2015)
Hunt and Roskell in alliance with J. W. Benson 18k gold pomander / vinaigrette in the form of an apple, Marked: 307049 (British Registration mark), J.W.B. makers mark and British gold hallmarks original red leather box, c. 1897
The Tale of the Golden Apple
It was the wedding of Peleus and Thetis (the parents of Achilles) that the Goddess Elis threw a golden apple into the assembled crowd. Upon the surface of the fruit was etched “To The Faires”. Three goddesses laid claim upon the apple; Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. It was decided by Zeus, king of the Gods, that Paris of Troy should mediate the dispute. After bathing in the spring of Mount Ida, the three presented themselves to Paris. It was decided that Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty, had the superior claim and that the golden apple belonged to her.
Alfred Meyer (1832-1904) worked with many of the finest Parisian jewelers of his time, including Emile Froment-Meurice, Lucien Falize and Maison Vever. Meyer was instrumental in the revival of painted enamel technique in late 19th century France. He wrote and taught extensively on the subject of enameling.
Robert Adam Phillips and his brother Magnus Albert Phillips opened a retail jewellers prior to 1839, trading as Phillips Brothers at 31 Cockspur Street, London. Robert Phillips was a contemporary and acquaintance to both Fortunato Pio Castellani and Carlo Giuliano and became one of the most prominent and renowned manufacturing jewellers in London working predominantly in the revivalist style.