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Brooch: M.56-1982

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Phillips Brothers

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Description

Gold, slightly convex oval mount with swirling gold filigree, granulation and navy and white cloisonne enamel bosses, set with a curved slice of banded agate, pin fastening across the back with enamelled catch. Reverse engraved, ‘M.P.K / Christmas, 1865’ and 'K.J.K.'.

Notes

History note: Purchased by Mrs Hull Grundy from Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London W1. £700.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Width: 3.2 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1982) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs

Dating

Production date: dated AD 1865

Note

The brooch may have been a pendant, the present clasp forming the loop at the top. The firm of Phillips Brothers was one of the most productive and successful London jewellers of the nineteenth century. Their range and variety was unsurpassed and included jewellery in the Italian archaeological style, the Renaissance Revival style (copying the jewels depicted in drawings by artist Hans Holbein, 1497/8-1543), as well as pieces inspired by the jewellery of India and Scandinavia. Phillips was also influenced by the objects discovered by Sir Henry Layard during his excavations at Nimrud, an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia (near modern­day Mosul, Iraq).

Components of the work

Decoration composed of agate ( banded) enamel ( black and white)

Materials used in production

Gold

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'RP' in relief

  • Text: RP
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.56-1982
Primary reference Number: 119071
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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