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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

Pair of Earrings

ca. 1870 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

These earrings have cameo portraits of classical female heads. A cameo is a carving in relief, often exploiting the natural layering and contrasting colours of the stone.

Ancient heads and mythological scenes were copied or adapted from antique gems. Ladies had their portraits made, in classical or Renaissance dress. Subjects were drawn from literature, contemporary sculpture or paintings.


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

  • Earring
  • Earring
Materials and Techniques
Gold, with rose-cut diamonds and onyx cameos
Brief Description
Gold earrings with onyx cameos of classical female heads, possibly USA, about 1870.
Physical Description
Earrings with cameos of classical female heads
Dimensions
  • Height: 46mm
  • Width: 19mm
  • Depth: 12mm
Credit line
Given by the American friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Subject depicted
Summary
These earrings have cameo portraits of classical female heads. A cameo is a carving in relief, often exploiting the natural layering and contrasting colours of the stone.



Ancient heads and mythological scenes were copied or adapted from antique gems. Ladies had their portraits made, in classical or Renaissance dress. Subjects were drawn from literature, contemporary sculpture or paintings.
Other Number
51 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.108:1, 2-2007

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record createdApril 24, 2008
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