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Bodice ornament

Bodice ornament

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1860-70 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold , enamelled and set with diamonds and pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.146-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf B, box 7

The bodice ornament was perhaps made by Crouzet, who worked for all the major Parisian goldsmiths, producing jewellery of fine quality and original design. He is known to have produced pieces in the Moroccan taste. The jewel may have been suitable for wear during mourning.
By the 1860s, as European commercial jewellery lost its appeal in artistic circles, jewellery from the Middle East and India became an important influence. In London, the Art Journal encouraged an appreciation of jewellery from countries such as Syria and Palestine. In Paris, jewellery made in the Moroccan style reflected the French engagement with North Africa.

Physical description

Four units, gold, enamelled in black and set with pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds in the Moroccan manner of Crouzet

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

1860-70 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold , enamelled and set with diamonds and pearls

Marks and inscriptions

'To the beloved ones'
Translated from Arabic.

Dimensions

Length: 8.1 cm, Width: 10.1 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Four bodice ornaments, gold, enamelled in black and set with pearls and diamonds, 1860-70

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era, Vol. II. p.687, colour plate plate 192

Production Note

In the Moroccan manner of Crouzet

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Pearl

Techniques

Enamelled; Faceted

Subjects depicted

Mourning

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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