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ca. 1808 (made)
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This brooch is part of a Neo-classical parure, or set of jewellery, and is made of ancient Roman engraved gems. It is said to have been given to the Empress Josephine of France by Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat, who became Queen Consort of Naples in 1808. It is more likely that she simply gave the stones and that Josephine later had them mounted in France. The cameo of a man with leaves in his hair and may be intended to show a Bacchic subject.

The 19th century was a period of huge industrial and social change, but in jewellery design the focus was often on the past. In the first decades classical styles were popular, evoking the glories of ancient Greece and Rome. This interest in antiquities was stimulated by fresh archaeological discoveries. Goldsmiths attempted to revive ancient techniques and made jewellery that imitated, or was in the style of, archaeological jewellery.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold brooch with enamel decoration, set with carnelian intaglio
Brief Description
Slide for a belt. Carnelians set in enamelled gold , Paris, about 1808, cameo AD 100–200, probably carved in Italy
Physical Description
Gold brooch with enamel decoration, set with a Roman carnelian intaglio (100-200 AD)
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.4cm
  • Width: 5.6cm
  • Depth: 1.3cm
Credit line
Private Collection
Summary
This brooch is part of a Neo-classical parure, or set of jewellery, and is made of ancient Roman engraved gems. It is said to have been given to the Empress Josephine of France by Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat, who became Queen Consort of Naples in 1808. It is more likely that she simply gave the stones and that Josephine later had them mounted in France. The cameo of a man with leaves in his hair and may be intended to show a Bacchic subject.



The 19th century was a period of huge industrial and social change, but in jewellery design the focus was often on the past. In the first decades classical styles were popular, evoking the glories of ancient Greece and Rome. This interest in antiquities was stimulated by fresh archaeological discoveries. Goldsmiths attempted to revive ancient techniques and made jewellery that imitated, or was in the style of, archaeological jewellery.
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:MET ANON.103-1968

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record createdAugust 1, 2007
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