Height: 9.200 cm
Gift of Robert C. Kwok
Room 47: Europe 1800-1900
Gold and enamel pendant brooch made by the jewellers Phillips Brothers
London, England, AD 1863-70
In the Egyptian Revival style
The two cobras flanking the agate and that on
the loop show clearly the influence of ancient Egyptian jewellery.
Phillips Brothers were well known for their revivalist jewellery, and were frequently patronized by the Prince and Princess. Princess Alexandra's 'Thebes' brooch gave her great pleasure, and was the only ornament which the Princess permitted to be shown on a marble portrait bust by Mary Thornycroft in 1863. The Princess allowed Phillips to make further copies of the 'Thebes' brooch between about 1863 and 1870, of which the Museum's version is one example.
J. Rudoe, 'Recent acquisitions: Egyptian-Revival pendant by Philips Brothers', British Museum Magazine: the-2, 21 (Spring 1995), p. 22