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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree wire and garnets

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.68-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf C, box 8

The style of the setting and use of filigree wires inspired by antique Greek garnet jewellery.

The colourful and flamboyant jewellery of the 1820s and 1830s could be set with up to a dozen different stones within a rich gold and coloured gold framework. Special manufacturing techniques and decorative effects were used to achieve an expensive finish using smaller amounts of gold. Although lightly made, this opulent jewellery looked heavier than earlier Neo-classical work.

The highly ornate filigree work of spirals (cannetille) and granules (grainti) added an appealing relief texture, but it was more popular on mainland Europe than in England, where clients preferred more substantial areas of plain gold.

Physical description

Necklace, gold filigree wire, set with garnets.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1835 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree wire and garnets

Dimensions

Length: 40.8 cm unclasped, Height: 20.5 cm fastened, Width: 19.5 cm fastened, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace, gold filigree set with garnets, France, about 1835

Materials

Gold; Garnet

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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