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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with grainti decoration, set with a green paste, garnets and green foiled aquamarines

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey

  • Museum number:

    M.272-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf D, box 4

The centre stone is a replacement green paste ( glass ). As the other stones on the brooch are natural gem stones it is likely that the centrepiece would originally have been so.

Gold, in a variety of treatments, became a dominant element in jewellery from the 1820s. It was used successfully in mesh necklaces and bracelets, gold chain and wire work, also as a foil to gemstones.

The technique of filigree with spirals and granules (cannetille and grainti) was revived in France then copied in England. Jewellers liked the economical use of gold and women appreciated the intricacy of the style.

Coloured golds were also popular. In gold alloy more copper gives a redder gold, while extra zinc or zinc and silver will result in a pale yellow gold

Physical description

Gold brooch with grainti decoration, set with a green paste, garnets and green foiled aquamarines.

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with grainti decoration, set with a green paste, garnets and green foiled aquamarines

Dimensions

Height: 4.8 cm, Width: 4.2 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Gold brooch with grainti decoration, set with pastes, Western Europe, ca.1830.

Materials

Gold; Paste; Garnet; Aquamarine

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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