- Museum number
Bloomed and chased two-colour gold brooch set with cornelian beads in the form of a red-currant spray. Image centre right.
- Production date
- 1840 (circa)
Height: 5.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from the Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984), no. 658:
Brooches of exactly this type are shown worn in the hair in a portrait of a lady by Friedrich Wassmann dated 1840 and painted in the Austrian Tyrol (see Fig. 43a and b; Bremen, Kunsthalle no. 171). The lady in the portrait is wearing one white and one red stone brooch; it is possible that they were made in two-colour pairs like this and that there is some significance in this combination. (Charlotte Gere).
In set with 1978,1002.944.a but this example is finer.
Additions and corrections to original catalogue entry made by Judy Rudoe.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 131 p.174. Caption: ‘jewels in coloured gold and stones imitating nature. European, 1840–70. (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £115 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 7.12.1972, described as 'Cornelian beads and coloured gold leaves grape design'. See also previous item cat no 658.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.944.b (masterlist number)