Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1875-1899

GUSN

GUSN-101083

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

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
agate (chalcedony)
pearl (animal material)
gold (metal)
plating (metal coating)
Classical Revival (European revival style)
Earring

Associated Building

Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

526
1966.2260.1
1966.2260.2

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin

Accession Number

1966.2260AB

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).