A gold necklace in the neo-etruscan style by Eugene Fontenay. It is intricately detailed with fine filigree and granulated work. The scrolls and little tulip like motives are typical of his work and depicted in Vever's standard on 19th century french jewellers; La Bijouterie Francaise aux XIX siecle, part II, page 169.
Eugene Fontenay was a French jeweller who was born in 1823, he died in 1887. He was one of the most important jewellers in France in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. His jewellery was considered among the most technically refined produced at that time. Much of Fontenay’s work was influenced by the ancient jewellery of the Campana collection, acquired by the French state in 1861.