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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Spray Ornament

ca. 1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Naturalistic jewellery, decorated with clearly recognisable flowers or fruit, emerged with the Romantic movement in the early 19th century. It remained popular for many decades. This large spray of assorted flowers has a pin fastening at the back and would have been worn as a bodice ornament. Some of the diamond flowers are set on springs, which would increase their sparkle considerably as the wearer moved. Over time the floral motifs grew in size and scale, and by the 1850s bouquets had taken on dramatic proportions. Individual flower sprays could be removed and used as hair ornaments.
Several jewellers at the Great Exhibition of 1851 showed jewelled bouquets of a similar size, although they were never in widespread use.
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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Diamonds set in silver, backed with gold
Brief Description
Bodice ornament in the form of a floral spray, diamonds set in silver, possibly made in England, about 1850
Physical Description
Bodice ornament in the form of a floral spray of roses, carnations and other flowers, brilliant-cut diamonds with a few rose-cut specimens set in silver and backed with gold. Some flowers mounted on springs to form 'tremblers'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 27.7cm
  • Width: 15cm
  • Depth: 4.2cm
Credit line
Cory Bequest
Object history
The three leaf and bud sprays made about 1830 and added later. The design is similar to French work of about 1820 - 30, but a bodice ornament of this type was shown by Hunt & Roskell of London at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Production
The three leaf and bud sprays added from a piece of about 1830. A bodice ornament of this type was shown by Hunt & Roskell of London at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Naturalistic jewellery, decorated with clearly recognisable flowers or fruit, emerged with the Romantic movement in the early 19th century. It remained popular for many decades. This large spray of assorted flowers has a pin fastening at the back and would have been worn as a bodice ornament. Some of the diamond flowers are set on springs, which would increase their sparkle considerably as the wearer moved. Over time the floral motifs grew in size and scale, and by the 1850s bouquets had taken on dramatic proportions. Individual flower sprays could be removed and used as hair ornaments.

Several jewellers at the Great Exhibition of 1851 showed jewelled bouquets of a similar size, although they were never in widespread use.
Collection
Accession Number
M.115-1951

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record createdFebruary 17, 2003
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