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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured gold, foiled amrthysts and other gemstones

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.88-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf C, box 3

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

Locket bracelet, coloured gold openwork, with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with foiled amethyst cabochons and other semi-precious stones. Each link has a locket fitting at the back.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1825 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Coloured gold, foiled amrthysts and other gemstones

Dimensions

Height: 3.2 cm, Length: 17.5 cm unclasped, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Locket bracelet, coloured gold openwork, with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with foiled amethys cabochons and other semi-precious stones, possibly made in France, about 1820-30

Materials

Gold; Amethyst; Emerald; Ruby; Sapphire; Chrysoberyl; Topaz; Garnet; Garnet; Chrysoprase; Turquoise; Opal; Opal; Material

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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