Pair of Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1870-1880

GUSN

GUSN-100992

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

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
glass (material)
EARRING

Additional Identification Number

435

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Possibly Rome, Italy

Dimensions

3/4 in (A); 3/4 in (B) x 1/8 in (A); 1/8 in (B) (WxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Grace Gilbert

Accession Number

1939.142ab

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.

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