- Museum number
Tortoiseshell brooch in the form of a butterfly with gold piqué-posé decoration and applied gold filigree on the wings and forming the body. A pendant filigree rosette with a central pearl; solid gold head, the eyes set with red glass stones. The antennae formed of silver-gilt (?) wire, the flower-shaped proboscis with a green glass (?) stone. The piqué-posé work in the form of incurved hearts along the lower edges of the wings. The filigree work in the form of smaller wings echoing the shape of the tortoiseshell with loops of parallel wires that are joined together and may possibly be cast; each loop with an aplpied heart at the end, and smaller appliqués in the shape of butterfly wings at the centre.
- Production date
- 1840-1870 (?)
Width: 5.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 515:
This is perhaps an early or mid-nineteenth-century piece, before the introduction of mass-produced piqué-work around 1870.
Information supplementary to Hull Grundy Catalogue:
The rosette at the base may not belong. The use of toroiseshell and filigree worked in this way does not appear to correspond to standard European types. Jane Perry has suggested that it may have been made elsewhere, perhaps Sri Lanka (J. Rudoe 22.5.2013).
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Howard Vaughan, 19 Cornfield Road, Eastbourne. Original invoice for £85 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 27.10.1972, described as '18th century totoiseshell butterfly brooch with gold filligree, set with ruby, emerald and pearl'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.203 (masterlist number)