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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Phillips Brothers (jewellers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carnelian with gold

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    740-1890

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf B, box 5

In an intaglio the design is cut into the surface of a stone. This intaglio has been dated to about 1780-1800 and it was originally set with its chased gold slip in an early 19th century gold box and subsequently mounted with an outer frame as a brooch. The new setting was made by Phillips Brothers of Cockspur Street in about 1870. The firm held a royal warrant as jewellers to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII (1841-1910).

Ancient heads and mythological scenes, such as the sacrifice on this intaglio, were copied or adapted from antique gems. Subjects were drawn from literature, contemporary sculpture or paintings.

Physical description

Brooch, white cornelian intaglio engraved with a sacrifice, mounted in gold. Plaque with the plumed monogram (addorsed Ps, surmounted by stylised Prince of Wales's feathers) of Phillips Brothers.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca.1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Phillips Brothers (jewellers)

Materials and Techniques

Carnelian with gold

Marks and inscriptions

addorsed Ps, surmounted by stylised Prince of Wales's feathers
Plumed monogram of Phillips Brothers on plaque

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm, Width: 6.2 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Object history note

Originally set with its chased gold slip in an early 19th century gold box and subsequently mounted with an outer frame as a brooch. The new setting ENGLISH (London): about 1870. Plaque with the plumed monogram (addorsed Ps, surmounted by stylised Prince of Wales's feathers) of Phillips Brothers of Cockspur Street. The firm held a royal warrant as jewellers to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII (1841-1910).

Descriptive line

Brooch with an intaglio of a sacrifice.
England, London, about 1870. Made by Phillips Brothers of Cockspur Street; intaglio possibly 1780-1800. Gold with a chalcedony intaglio

Materials

Gold; Carnelian

Subjects depicted

Sacrifice

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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