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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
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 design consists of leaves and stylised flower heads.
A love of nature was one of the most universal and respected sentiments in the 19th century. Naturalistic jewellery, influenced by the Romantic movement and the revived Rococo style, developed early in the period. Its success was due to the beauty and wearability of jewelled flowers and foliage, but also to the continuing interest in botany.

Until around 1830 the designs were stylised and delicate. Later, the ever-more precise copies of flowers, leaves, fruit and insects formed extravagant, colourful and complex compositions. Often the ornament included roses, lilies, chrysanthemums and fuchsias, the most fashionable flowers at the time


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Necklace
  • Cross
Materials and Techniques
Pastes (glass) with silver and gold
Brief Description
Necklace with cross pendant, brilliant-cut pastes set in silver, backed with gold, England, about 1810
Physical Description
Necklace with cross pendant, brilliant-cut pastes set in silver, backed with gold.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19cm
  • Width: 16cm
  • Depth: 0.8cm
Credit line
Given by Mrs B. M. Nichols
Object history
The set (M.32A to F-1972) once included earrings.
Subject depicted
Summary
The design consists of leaves and stylised flower heads.

A love of nature was one of the most universal and respected sentiments in the 19th century. Naturalistic jewellery, influenced by the Romantic movement and the revived Rococo style, developed early in the period. Its success was due to the beauty and wearability of jewelled flowers and foliage, but also to the continuing interest in botany.



Until around 1830 the designs were stylised and delicate. Later, the ever-more precise copies of flowers, leaves, fruit and insects formed extravagant, colourful and complex compositions. Often the ornament included roses, lilies, chrysanthemums and fuchsias, the most fashionable flowers at the time
Collection
Accession Number
M.32&A-1972

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record createdJuly 22, 2005
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