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hair-ornament

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1978,1002.171

  • Description

    Hair ornament in form of flower spray with chased silver leaves and gold settings. With a flat-cast back and set with foiled diamonds, four pendant drop-shaped diamonds and two pendant drop-shaped pearls.

  • Date

    • 1760 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.15 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 13:
    Assymetrical aigrettes in the rococo style appear in books of engraved designs at the beginning of the eighteenth century. They were popular in Italy (see the series of engravings by Albini, Disegni Moderni di Gioglieri, Rome, 1744, and Fig.4); the taste for this style of hair ornament with pendant drop-shaped stones or pearls was introduced into Spain by Isabella Farnese, the wife of Philip V, who is shown in a portrait dated 1723 (Prado, Madrid), wearing a 'pioggia' or 'waterfall' aigrette. After the middle of the eighteenth century the taste for rococo ornaments was mainly confined to the goldsmith's work on boxes and chatelaines but the grouping and cutting of the stones in this piece and the general outline of the design suggest a Russian origin (see Fig. 5, which shows two aigrettes from the Russian Imperial collection, sold at Christie's in 1931, with pendant drops set and attached in exactly the same way) and therefore a later date than an Italian or Spanish piece of the same type. South Germany or southern Italy have also been suggested as the place of origin. (Charlotte Gere).

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  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 13 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1978

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1978,1002.171

  • Additional IDs

    • HG.171 (masterlist number)
Hair ornament in form of flower spray; chased silver leaves and gold settings; flat-cast back; set with foiled diamonds, four pendant drop-shaped diamonds and two pendant drop-shaped pearls.

Hair ornament in form of flower spray; chased silver leaves and gold settings; flat-cast back; set with foiled diamonds, four pendant drop-shaped diamonds and two pendant drop-shaped pearls.

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