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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with granulation and filigree work

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gerald Harris in memory of his wife Sylvia (1920-83)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf D, box 5 []

The granulation, or fine surface texture of minute grains of gold on these earrings, was copied from the Etruscan technique. Although the precise method was not mastered by 19th century goldsmiths a similar effect was achieved.
The archaeological discoveries of the 19th century led to a greater awareness and understanding of ancient jewellery. For the first time these intricate gold pieces were collected, studied and published, and both the originals and the published illustrations of them were a rich new source for designers of jewellery. The resulting 'archaeological-style' jewellery was fashionable from around 1860 until at least the 1880s.

Physical description

Pair of earrings with a winged putto riding a dove, gold with granulation and filigree work.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold with granulation and filigree work


Height: 35 mm, Width: 24 mm, Depth: 11 mm

Object history note

Given by Gerald Harris in memory of his wife Sylvia (1920-1983).

Descriptive line

Earrings with a winged putto riding a dove
. Italy, about 1870.
Gold with granulation and filigree




Filigree; Granulation

Subjects depicted

Dove; Putto


Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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