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This gold and guilloche enamel pendant marks opening of the Estates General on May 5, 1789, in Versailles. It is estimated at £800-1200 at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12.

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The opening of the Estates General on May 5, 1789, in Versailles marked the start of the French Revolution. This unusual gold and guilloche enamel pendant marks the event with the inscription Redeunt Saturnia Regna(the kingdom of Saturn returns) and to the reverse Rejouissons nous Le Roi nous est renou (We are pleased the King is returned).

Lawrences of Crewkerne will offer it for sale on October 12 together with a receipt from Antiques Corner of Mount Street, London, dated December 20, 1963, for the considerable sum of £110 and correspondence suggesting it was made to mark Louis XVI’s return to Paris from Versailles in 1789.

The estimate is £800-1200.