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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rock crystal set in silver and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.63-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 17, shelf D, box 2

There would originally have been a central pendant.

A love of nature was one of the most universal and respected sentiments in the 19th century. Naturalistic jewellery, influenced by the Romantic movement and the revived Rococo style, developed early in the period. Its success was due to the beauty and wearability of jewelled flowers and foliage, but also to the continuing interest in botany.

Until around 1830 the designs were stylised and delicate. Later, the ever-more precise copies of flowers, leaves, fruit and insects formed extravagant, colourful and complex compositions. Often the ornament included roses, lilies, chrysanthemums and fuchsias, the most fashionable flowers at the time

Physical description

Necklace of brilliant-cut rock crystals set in silver, backed with gold and decorated with leaf and bud pendants; central pendant missing.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1790-1805 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Rock crystal set in silver and gold

Dimensions

Depth: 0.4 cm, Diameter: 16.1 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace of brilliant-cut rock crystals set in silver backed with gold, with leaf and bud pendants, France, about1790-1805

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era, Vol. 1. p.51, plate 15

Materials

Gold; Silver; Rock crystal

Subjects depicted

Leaf; Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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