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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

1819-1838 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Once the prohibition against wearing jewels had passed in post-revolutionary France, light and delicate gold jewellery became fashionable. Inspired by traditional peasant jewellery, it used filigree, seed pearls and coloured stones, particularly carnelian.

Women’s dress had simplified with the influence of costume from classical Greece and Rome. Fine muslin fabrics draped the body, and a revealing low-cut bodice displayed coloured stones and filigree necklaces to good advantage. Hair was worn in a chignon (bun), with curls arranged around the forehead and face. With this style, women wore combs or tiaras and elongated hoop earrings, called ‘poissardes’ (French for ‘fishwives’).


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

  • Earring
  • Earring
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold and opaline glass pastes
Brief Description
Pair of earrings, enamelled gold and opaline glass pastes painted to simulate moss agate, France, mark for South East, 1819-38.
Physical Description
Enamelled gold and opaline glass pastes painted to simulate moss agate.
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.3cm
  • Width: 3cm
  • Depth: 1.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Mark for South East France 1819-38.
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Summary
Once the prohibition against wearing jewels had passed in post-revolutionary France, light and delicate gold jewellery became fashionable. Inspired by traditional peasant jewellery, it used filigree, seed pearls and coloured stones, particularly carnelian.



Women’s dress had simplified with the influence of costume from classical Greece and Rome. Fine muslin fabrics draped the body, and a revealing low-cut bodice displayed coloured stones and filigree necklaces to good advantage. Hair was worn in a chignon (bun), with curls arranged around the forehead and face. With this style, women wore combs or tiaras and elongated hoop earrings, called ‘poissardes’ (French for ‘fishwives’).
Other Number
13 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.90:1, 2-2007

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record createdMarch 13, 2008
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