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Pair of Earrings

1939.142ab (RS7729)

Description

Pair of Roman micromosaic pendant earrings; black onyx diamond shaped surmounts each set with a micromosaic butterfly, supports elongated pointed black onyx pendants each set with a micromosaic of a dove perched on a tree stump, all set in gold frames with applied scrolls, hinged ear wire fasteners.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1870-1880
Location of origin
Possibly Rome, Italy
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
EARRING
earrings (jewelry)
glass (material)
Dimensions
3/4 in (A); 3/4 in (B) x 1/8 in (A); 1/8 in (B) (WxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1939.142ab
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Grace Gilbert
GUSN
100992
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
Reference Notes
A similar pair of earrings are pictured in Macsetti, Daniela and Amanda Triossi, "Earrings: From Antiquity to the Present," (1990): 113. For more information on mosaic jewelry see: Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 232-237; Fales, Martha Gandy, "American Jewelry, 1600-1900," (1995): 239-245; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 126-128; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 74-75.
Related Items
Title String of carved beads Accession number 1932.150 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Grace Gilbert:
Title Combination locket and brooch Accession number 1932.224
Title c - Watch with case and keys Accession number 1932.226 a
Title Pendant Accession number 1932.233
Title Onyx mosaic earrings Accession number 1939.142 ab
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession number 1939.143 a
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession number 1939.144 a

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