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Cameo portrait of Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848)

1920.730 (RS260782)

Description

This large shell cameo features a profile portrait of Harrison Gray Otis. The cameo is set in an egg and dart gold mount surmounted by an applied gold bow.

Details

Maker
Greenough, John A. (Sculptor)
Date
1849
dated on verso
Inscriptions
"J. A. Greenough / Boston, Mass / 1849." (Signed)
Location of origin
Massachusetts
Material
conch (shell)
gold (metal)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Cameo
cameos
conch (shell)
gold (metal)
Relief
Sculpture
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 2 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1920.730
GUSN
101931
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. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
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). For more information on mourning jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 657-710; Deutsch, Davida Tenebaum, "Jewelry for mourning, love, and fancy, 1770-1830," "The Magazine Antiques" (April 1999): 566-575; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 23-31.

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