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1966.2260AB (RS8165)

Description

Each earring in this pair consists of a carved oval red and white agate cameo depicting dancing classical women set in an oval gold-plated mount. The cameos are suspended from a gold bezel-mounted cut pearl, which in turn hangs from a gold bead. The earrings attach with screw back fasteners. They are unmarked.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1875-1899
Associated Building
Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.).
Material
agate (chalcedony)
gold (metal)
pearl (animal material)
plating (metal coating)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
agate (chalcedony)
Classical Revival (European revival style)
Earring
earrings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
pearl (animal material)
plating (metal coating)
Accession Number
1966.2260AB
Credit Line
Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin
GUSN
101083
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).

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