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This brooch is part of a set with earrings 1969.2395.2AB. The brooch is constructed in the shape of an open, pleated fan. The surface of the fan is decorated with images of two flying geese, a bird, and a frog, surrounded by engraved foliage. The back of the fan has a glass-covered reserve for hair.
Vipont de Riviere Doane Merwin (1878-1965)
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Most likely owned by Dorothy Codman or her sister Alice, this delicate set of fan-shaped jewelry is embellished with tiny frogs, songbirds, and engraved plum blossoms. The back features a reserve to hold a braid of hair or photograph.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
1 1/4 x 1 11/16 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
"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.
For more information on the Japanese style see Fales, Martha Gandy. "Jewelry in America: 1600-1900." (1995): 359-361.
Title Pair of Earrings Accession Number 1969.2395.2AB