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Necklace with painted miniature clasp

1920.511 (RS6766)

Description

This choker-style necklace is composed of an octagonal clasp containing a miniature painted on ivory under glass. The miniature depicts a woman in a landscape holding a book and pointing to the sky. It was most likely one of a pair of bracelet clasps in the late eighteenth century but only one survived. It was re-set on a velvet ribbon for use as a necklace, possibly in the late nineteenth century when chokers were popular.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1810
Date of clasp. Velvet ribbon added later.
Material
gold (metal)
ivory (tooth component)
velvet (fabric weave)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
ivory (tooth component)
miniatures (paintings)
mourning
Necklace
necklaces
Neoclassical
velvet (fabric weave)
Dimensions
1 3/16 x 3/4 x 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1920.511
Credit Line
Estate of Mrs. Jane N. Grew
GUSN
100735
Reference Notes
For more information on miniatures in jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995):83-97.
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