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Comb

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tortoiseshell, hinged copper-gilt, applied decoration and filigree

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Natalie Tingey

  • Museum number:

    M.29-1942

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf C, box 6

In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, and as here, with a musical instrument, the lyre. The lyre is a stringed instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity and later.

Physical description

Tortoiseshell comb with hinged copper-gilt gallery decorated with an applied lyre, wreath and scrolling foliage outlined in filigree.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tortoiseshell, hinged copper-gilt, applied decoration and filigree

Dimensions

Height: 9.8 cm, Diameter: 10.8 cm, Depth: 1.8 cm

Historical context note

Formerly belonging to Madame Adelina Patti (1843-1919).

Descriptive line

Tortoiseshell comb with hinged copper-gilt gallery decorated with an applied lyre, wreath and scrolling foliage, France, about 1875

Materials

Tortoiseshell; Copper

Subjects depicted

Wreath; Scrolling foliage; Lyre; Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Accessories; Hats & headwear

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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