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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

Earring

ca. 1860-70 (made)
Place Of Origin

In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or, as here, nesting birds. The ‘language of flowers’ was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, as on these jewells, stood for true love.


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

  • Earring
  • Earring
Materials and Techniques
Gold, enamel and pearls
Brief Description
Pair of earrings, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs, and forget-me-nots, London, England, about 1860-70
Physical Description
Pair of earrings, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs(pearls), and blue enamel forget-me-nots.
Dimensions
  • M2a height 4.9 cm height: 5.0cm
  • Width: 1.8cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Credit line
Given by Miss Dorothy Simmons
Subjects depicted
Summary
In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or, as here, nesting birds. The ‘language of flowers’ was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, as on these jewells, stood for true love.
Collection
Accession Number
M.2A&B-1965

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record createdAugust 19, 2005
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