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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-73 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emanuel, Harry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamel and pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Dorothy Simmons

  • Museum number:

    M.2A&B-1965

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf C, box 8 []

In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or, as here, nesting birds. The ‘language of flowers’ was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, as on these jewells, stood for true love.

Physical description

Pair of earrings, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs(pearls), and blue enamel forget-me-nots.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1855-73 (made)

Artist/maker

Emanuel, Harry (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamel and pearls

Dimensions

Height: 5.0 cm M2a -height 4.9 cm, Width: 1.8 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs, and forget-me-nots, possibly made by Harry Emanuel of London, England, about 1855-73

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Pearl

Subjects depicted

Forget-me-nots; Birds; Nests; Flowers; Eggs

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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