Micromosaic locket with miniature portrait

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

ca. 1870

GUSN

GUSN-101661

Description

Gold locket designed as a bulla decorated with gold wire and granulation and set with Roman micromosaics of a woman with blue ribbons in her hair on one side and on the reverse two kissing doves holding a spray of flowers, locket contains a circular miniature painting on ivory of a portrait of Joseph Peabody (1824-1905), husband of the original owner, Anna Pingree Peabody.

Details

Descriptive Terms

lockets
gold (metal)
micromosaics
ivory (tooth component)
Classical Revival (European revival style)
bullae (pendants)
souvenirs
Locket

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1112

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Italy

Dimensions

2 x 1 3/16 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.85

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Reference Notes

For more information on Classical revival jewelry of the late nineteenth century see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989): 133-188; Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v.2 (1991): 447-511; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 346-353; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 35-61 and "Victorian Jewelry Design," (1972): 103-138; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 82-83.

Places

Italy