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Cameo Brooch

1929.563 (RS7142)

Description

"Lava" cameo brooch set in gold mount, depicts Flora and Cupid brandishing Hymen's torch, hinged pin and hook on reverse.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Location of origin
Italy
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
BROOCH
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
2 3/16 in x 1 15/16 in x 5/8 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1929.563
GUSN
100741
Reference Notes
For information on cameos see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 215-232; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 227-236; Miller, Anna M. "Cameos Old & New," 3rd Edition (2005). Similar brooch in the MFA, Boston see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): plate 164.
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Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession number 1927.495 a Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Alice A. Stevens:
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Title Coral earrings Accession number 1929.566 ab
Title Knee buckles Accession number 1931.982 ab
Title Cuff links Accession number 1931.984 ab
Title Gold brooch Accession number 1931.989
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Notes The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a brooch with the same carving of Flora and Cupid (65.268). The brooch has its original box imprinted with the address of the retailer Samuel T. Crosby at 69 Washington Street. Crosby was located at this address from 1855 to 1857. See accession file for online catalog entry for this brooch.

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