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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured gold, pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 54, shelf C, box 4

Grapes and vine leaves were a recurrent theme, drawing inspiration from the gold jewellery of the ancient world. The fashion for sets of seed pearl jewellery continued through the Victorian era. This example has an intricate and complex construction. Gold wires provide the framework, and the seed pearls are attached with horsehair or silk.

Physical description

Necklace, pearls set in coloured gold, in the form of vine leaves and grapes.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


ca.1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Coloured gold, pearls


Length: 43.5 cm unclasped, Height: 18.5 cm fastened, Width: 17.5 cm fastened, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace, coloured gold set with pearls in the form of vine leaves and grapes, possibly made in England, about 1850


Gold; Pearl

Subjects depicted

Vines; Grapes; Vine leaves


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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