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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.
ivory (tooth component)
Classical Revival (European revival style)
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
2 x 1 3/16 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
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.