A glorious antique citrine intaglio fob in 18ct yellow, green and rose gold dating to the early 19th Century, Circa 1830s. The pale yellow folied citrine has the figure of cupid riding a four legged creature with a bushy tail (possibly a donkey, although I think it looks like a wolf) surrounded by the French words “ces sont mes sujets” which I believe translates to “These are all my subjects”. Cupid was the embodiment of love for the Georgians and Victorians, this saying is usually found with a depiction of Cupid riding a donkey/ass and is reputed to mean “fool for love”.
The fob is not hallmarked but has been verified as solid 18ct gold (not plated or rolled gold) by XRF test. It is decorated with small thistles around the bottom border in rose and green gold, and a large floral emblem in green gold leading to the loop at the top.
Measures 24mm high x 17mm x 14.65mm.
Weighs 5.2 grams