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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Necklace

ca. 1810 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold set with hardstone mosaic panels
Brief Description
Necklace, gold set with hardstone mosaics representing butterflies linked by chains, France, about 1805
Physical Description
Necklace, gold set with hardstone mosaics (pietre dure or Florentine mosaics) representing butterflies. The units connected by chains.
Dimensions
  • Unfastened length: 40.4cm
  • Height: 6.8cm
  • Depth: 0.5cm
Credit line
Given by Sir George R. Lowndes
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.176-1941

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record createdFebruary 11, 2003
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