Necklace

1780-1840 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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In the late 18th and 19th centuries traditional jewellery throughout Europe was often made of filigree. The quality and design varied enormously from one region to another.

This delicate necklace is typical of those worn in Bavaria in southern Germany and is particularly associated with the city of Nuremberg. It was bought for 16 shillings and ten pence at the International Exhibition, London, 1872.


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Materials and Techniques
Red pastes set in open silver settings alternating with silver filigree plaques
Brief Description
Two-tier necklace of silver filigree and red pastes (Hopfenkette), Nuremberg (Germany), 1780-1840.
Physical Description
Necklace consisting of seven red pastes alternating with six filigree plaques. A second tier, of three filigree plaques and two red pastes, hangs down below the centre, with a link joining the central paste of the main necklace with the filigree plaque below it. Originally there would have been a small filigree or pearl pendant hanging below this, which is now missing. The red pastes are all oval, facetted on both sides, and set in an open mount. The two pastes at the ends of the necklace each have a bar on the outside edge of their mount, which would have held a ribbon to fasten the necklace when worn.
Dimensions
  • Length: 31.7cm
  • Width: 5.9cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Summary
In the late 18th and 19th centuries traditional jewellery throughout Europe was often made of filigree. The quality and design varied enormously from one region to another.



This delicate necklace is typical of those worn in Bavaria in southern Germany and is particularly associated with the city of Nuremberg. It was bought for 16 shillings and ten pence at the International Exhibition, London, 1872.
Collection
Accession Number
918-1872

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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