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Tiara and case

Tiara and case

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Cheryl Smith through Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.10:1, 2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf B, box 5 []

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.

Place of Origin

London (made)

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




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