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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Necklace

1822 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Although traditional jewellery was worn throughout Sweden, and has a distinct Swedish character, there are marked differences between the different provinces. Skåne province, in the extreme south of Sweden, has the richest tradition, and more jewellery was worn there than in any other district. Almost all the Swedish traditional jewellery at the V&A comes from Skåne.

The most popular necklace was a choker, made of several chains fastened at the front with a large decorative snap clasp. These are often decorated with filigree and coloured pastes. Swedish traditional jewellers made lavish use of coloured glass. Red was the most popular colour, as everywhere in Europe, but Swedish women were also fond of a clear blue which is rare elsewhere. These traditional necklaces often have a small pendant heart hanging from the clasp.

The clasp on this necklace is marked with the griffin mark of Ystad, the date letter Q3, for 1822, and the maker's mark IPL. Jöns Petter Larsson was a silversmith who worked in Ystad from 1817 to 1832.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver with filigree overlay, set with pastes
Brief Description
Silver neck chain (halslås) with decorative filigree clasp set with red and blue pastes, Skåne (Sweden), 19th century.
Physical Description
Choker consisting of two graduated chains with a large decorative clasp at the front, with a heart-shaped red paste pendant suspended from the lower edge. The clasp is decorated with fine filigree overlay and set with red and blue pastes of various shapes and sizes.
Dimensions
  • Length: 28.6cm
  • Width: 6.9cm
  • Depth: 1.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'IPL' (On the back, in a row with the other marks.)
  • griffin in square frame (On the back, in a row with the other marks.)
  • 'Q3' (On the back, in a row with the other marks.)
Subject depicted
Summary
Although traditional jewellery was worn throughout Sweden, and has a distinct Swedish character, there are marked differences between the different provinces. Skåne province, in the extreme south of Sweden, has the richest tradition, and more jewellery was worn there than in any other district. Almost all the Swedish traditional jewellery at the V&A comes from Skåne.



The most popular necklace was a choker, made of several chains fastened at the front with a large decorative snap clasp. These are often decorated with filigree and coloured pastes. Swedish traditional jewellers made lavish use of coloured glass. Red was the most popular colour, as everywhere in Europe, but Swedish women were also fond of a clear blue which is rare elsewhere. These traditional necklaces often have a small pendant heart hanging from the clasp.



The clasp on this necklace is marked with the griffin mark of Ystad, the date letter Q3, for 1822, and the maker's mark IPL. Jöns Petter Larsson was a silversmith who worked in Ystad from 1817 to 1832.
Collection
Accession Number
387-1886

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record createdAugust 10, 2007
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