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Tiara and case

Tiara and case

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Phillips Brothers (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    [Tiara] Coral branches and coral beads mounted on a gilt metal frame
    [Case] Wooden frame, with brass fittings, covered in simulated leather fabric; the interior lined in silk

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Cheryl Smith through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.10:1, 2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, room 91, case 19, shelf B, box 5

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This coral tiara has its original case which is labelled on the silk lining inside the lid 'PHILLIPS. 23, COCKSPVR STREET LONDON'.

Phillips Brothers, in which the dominant partner was Robert Phillips, were the leading supplier of coral goods in London, as well as being important goldsmiths and jewellers. In 1870 the firm advertised that it had 'the most complete collection of fine coral work in the world'. Robert Phillips received the order of the Crown of Italy for his services to the coral industry in Naples.

Physical description

[Tiara] Coral tiara in the form of a wreath of sprays and berries on a gilt-metal frame.
[Case] Oval case covered in violet-coloured simulated leather fabric with a deep blue silk lining.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)

Date

ca. 1860-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Phillips Brothers (makers)

Materials and Techniques

[Tiara] Coral branches and coral beads mounted on a gilt metal frame
[Case] Wooden frame, with brass fittings, covered in simulated leather fabric; the interior lined in silk

Marks and inscriptions

[Case] 'PHILLIPS. / 23, COCKSPVR STREET / LONDON'

Dimensions

[Tiara] Height: 6.5 cm, Width: 18.8 cm, Depth: 19.0 cm
[Case] Height: 8.6 cm, Width: 19.5 cm, Depth: 22.3 cm

Object history note

Inherited by the donor, Cheryl Smith, from Phyllis Barrett (born about 1910)

Descriptive line

Coral tiara by Phillips Brothers, ca. 1860-1870, in the form of a wreath of sprays and berries, with original case of simulated leather

Materials

Silk (textile); Wood; Gilt metal; Brass (alloy); Coral

Categories

Jewellery

Collection code

MET

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