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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with hardstone mosaic panels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir George R. Lowndes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf A, box 1

The necklace is mounted with hardstone mosaics of butterflies. They were probably made in the pietra dura workshops of Florence. They were perhaps purchased by a traveller doing the Grand Tour (a tour of continental Europe made by wealthy gentlemen, often to complete their education). It is believed that the panels were made into a necklace by a Parisian jeweller. The delicate festoons of chain linking the mosaic panels are typical of necklaces that were fashionable at the beginning of the 19th century.

Physical description

Necklace, gold set with hardstone mosaics (pietre dure or Florentine mosaics) representing butterflies. The units connected by chains.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold set with hardstone mosaic panels


Length: 40.4 cm unfastened, Height: 6.8 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace, gold set with hardstone mosaics representing butterflies linked by chains, France, about 1805


Gold; Hardstone

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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