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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Carved horn Plaque-de-Cou set with opals in gold collets in the form of sycamore 'keys'. Converted to a hair-slide.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1900 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al) no. 1095:
    Probably designed by Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Traditionally said to have been bought from Lalique's shop in Paris (information from the donor). (Charlotte Gere)

    Supplement to catalogue entry:
    HG mss. note in Holme, 1901-2: 'Pale translucent horn sycamore collar ornament of curved rectangular form, the seeds inlaid with blue opals. The gift of my friend Lotti von Wedel whose parents [father got it when Ambassador in Paris, note on p. 2] purchased it from Lalique in Paris c. 1902'.
    The same model, also unmarked, in the Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, but with the sycamore keys in oxydised silver overlay, is recorded as having been purchased from the Maison Gaillard in 1906. HG mss. note in Holme, 1901-2, on pl. 1 in the German section compares this piece with a collar ornament by Robert Koch. This horn piece by Lalique has a hair-slide fitting which may well be original. Many jewellers exhibited the fashionable 'barettes' at this date (see Duncan, Paris Salons, 1994). (Charlotte Gere)


  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 1095 bibliographic details
    • Carey 1991 p.50 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G48/dc1

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Possibly the item in original invoice for £75 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 19.10.1961, described as 'Lalique piece, horn and moonstone'.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • HG.27 (masterlist number)
Plaque-de-Cou, carved horn, set with opals in gold collets in the form of sycamore 'keys'; converted to a hair-slide.

Plaque-de-Cou, carved horn, set with opals in gold collets in the form of sycamore 'keys'; converted to a hair-slide.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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