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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    G. & S. Waterhouse (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oxidised silver, parcel-gilt, set with pearls, 'Irish diamonds' and amethysts

  • Museum number:

    920-1852

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf D, box 1

Archaeological-style brooches were popular as shawl pins in Ireland and elsewhere from the 1840s. Their designs were based on the magnificent Irish ring brooches of the 7th and 8th centuries. In 1850 one of the most celebrated ring brooches, the Royal Tara brooch (now in the National Museum, Dublin), was discovered near Drogheda. G. & S. Waterhouse exhibited the original brooch alongside their smaller copies at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

Physical description

Copy of the 'Royal Tara' brooch, made of oxidised silver, parcel-gilt, set with pearls, 'Irish diamonds' and amethysts.

Place of Origin

Ireland (made)

Date

ca. 1851 (made)

Artist/maker

G. & S. Waterhouse (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Oxidised silver, parcel-gilt, set with pearls, 'Irish diamonds' and amethysts

Dimensions

Height: 6.9 cm, Width: 10.5 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the Museum from the Great Exhibition of 1851
Painted Labyrinth Exhibition R.F.2002/1140

Descriptive line

Copy of the 'Royal Tara' brooch, parcel-gilt set with pearls, 'Irish diamonds' and amethysts, Ireland, ca.1851.

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

Farley, Julia and Fraser Hunter, eds. Celts: Art and Identity. Catalogue of the exhibitions 'Celts: art and identity' and 'Celts', British Museum, London, 24 September 2015-31 January 2016, and National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. London: British Museum Press, 2015. ISBN 9780714128351

Subjects depicted

Celtic interlace

Categories

Images Online; Jewellery; Great Exhibition

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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