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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

Brooch

1740-1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Improved domestic lighting and the development of the brilliant cut, which sparkles so magically by candlelight, ensured the primacy of faceted stones in eighteenth-century jewellery. Not all these pieces were made of precious stones however, and there was a flourishing trade in high quality imitation or 'paste' jewellery. Here a deep orange-coloured glass has been faceted and set in silver in exactly the same manner and style as in precious jewellery of the period.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver set with pastes (glass)
Brief Description
Brooch of silver set with pastes (glass), made in Western Europe, 1700-1800.
Physical Description
Brooch with floral decoration and three pear-shaped drops, of faceted orange glass set in silver
Dimensions
  • Height: 6cm
  • Width: 6.1cm
  • Depth: 1.4cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Summary
Improved domestic lighting and the development of the brilliant cut, which sparkles so magically by candlelight, ensured the primacy of faceted stones in eighteenth-century jewellery. Not all these pieces were made of precious stones however, and there was a flourishing trade in high quality imitation or 'paste' jewellery. Here a deep orange-coloured glass has been faceted and set in silver in exactly the same manner and style as in precious jewellery of the period.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.311-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 257 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.198-2007

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record createdMarch 13, 2008
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