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Vinaigrette

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1885-1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    G. & M. Crichton (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with citrines, amethysts, bloodstone, mottled jasper and banded agate

  • Museum number:

    M.117-1966

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf A, box 8

This vinaigrette was made by the Edinburgh jeweller, G&M Crichton who exhibited jewellery at the London Exhibition of 1872. Although their designs received some praise from critics, one commented that the "Highland shoulder-brooches..." were " extravagant in the amount of relief in the details..."

In the early years of the 19th century, the poetry and novels of Sir Walter Scott put Scotland on the tourist map. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very fond of Scotland. Scottish pebble jewellery, already fashionable in the 18th century, became a popular souvenir. Birmingham jewellers responded to the demand, sometimes using stones from countries other than Scotland.

Physical description

Scotland, Edinburgh, 1885-6; made by G. & M. Crichton. Silver, with citrines, amethysts, bloodstone, mottled jasper and banded agate. Used to contain an aromatic substance. Signed 'G. & M. CRICHTON, 15 PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH SCOTTISH', with Edinburgh hallmarks for 1885-86

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)

Date

1885-1886 (made)

Artist/maker

G. & M. Crichton (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with citrines, amethysts, bloodstone, mottled jasper and banded agate

Marks and inscriptions

'G. & M. CRICHTON, 15 PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH SCOTTISH'
signed; maker's mark

Edinburgh hallmarks for 1885-86

Dimensions

Height: 11.6 cm, Width: 4.7 cm, Depth: 2.9 cm

Descriptive line

Scotland, Edinburgh, 1885-6; made by G. & M. Crichton. Silver, with citrines, amethysts, bloodstone, mottled jasper and banded agate. Used to contain an aromatic substance

Materials

Silver; Citrine; Amethyst; Bloodstone; Jasper; Agate

Categories

Containers; Metalwork; Eating; Tableware & cutlery; Jewellery; Scotland

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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