- Museum number
Four-colour gold demi-parure, a pair of ear-rings in the form of scallop shells with applied scenes of herons standing in water in coloured and chased gold with platinum for the water. Ear-ring fittings at the back with posts and outer rim in red gold.
- Production date
- 1876-1878 (circa)
Height: 2.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In set with 1978,1002.185.
Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 1065:
Probably by Tiffany & Co., New York. The workmanship and design of this set compares closely with the lapel-stud (1064) which is marked by Tiffany & Co. (Charlotte Gere).
Information supplementary to Hull Grundy catalogue:
For Tiffany & Co.'s Japanese-style jlewelery in coloured gold and platinum, see C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 272, p.315. . Caption: Japanese-style Jewllery in coloured gold and platinum. American, made for Tiffany & Co., about 1870–80. . . . This white and gold work may have been intended to imitate Japanese lacquer rather than metalwork.’ (Charlotte Gere)
See also Annamarie Sandecki, 'Charmingly minute Tiffany Japanese-style Jewellery', in Journal of the Decorative Arts Society, no. 34, 2010, pp. 42-57.
The ear-ring fittings appear to be later additions; these may originally have been studs. If so, they may have been part of a set of three studs, together with the central element of the matching brooch (1978,1002.185).
- On display (G47/dc12)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.186 (masterlist number)