Necklace with painted miniature clasp

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1790-1810

GUSN

GUSN-100735

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

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
miniatures (paintings)
gold (metal)
ivory (tooth component)
velvet (fabric weave)
Neoclassical
mourning
Necklace

Additional Identification Number

178

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Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

1 3/16 x 3/4 x 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Estate of Mrs. Jane N. Grew

Accession Number

1920.511

Reference Notes

For more information on miniatures in jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995):83-97.

Date

1790-1810 (Date of clasp. Velvet ribbon added later.)