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Wreath

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, diamonds, pearls and paste cameo

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey

  • Museum number:

    M.293-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 15, shelf D, box 1

This wreath tiara has hinged sections to make it easy to wear. The restrained and symetrical decorative scheme, with a central cameo portrait inspired by antique carved gems, shows the influence of the neo-classical style. The Greeks and Romans wore wreaths of gold but with the spread of christianity and the waning of the Roman Empire wreaths disappeared from the vocabulary of jewellery and did not become fashionable again until the late 18th century in Europe.

Physical description

Wreath of enamelled gold, set with diamonds, pearls and a paste cameo; in hinged sections rising to a peak in the centre.

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)

Date

ca. 1815 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, diamonds, pearls and paste cameo

Dimensions

Height: 7.2 cm, Width: 30.3 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Descriptive line

Wreath of enamelled gold, set with diamonds, pearls and a paste cameo, western Europe, ca. 1815.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond; Pearl; Paste

Subjects depicted

Wreaths; Cameos; Foliage

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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