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Necklace: M.60 & A-1982

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Phillips Brothers




Gold fringe necklace, composed of 91 drops consiting of short bars terminating in spheres, on an articulated band, with a long hooked catch. In original dark brown leather case (A), the inside of the lid printed in gold on purple silk beneath a crown, 'PHILLIPS, / 23. COCKSPUR ST / LONDON.'


History note: Purchased by Mrs Hull Grundy from Harvey & Gore, Burlington Gardens W1

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1855 CE - 1869 CE


The firm of Phillips Brothers (later Phillips Brothers & Son) 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). This gold, fringed necklace is a simplified version of an ancient form. Each drop has been cast and threaded separately, therefore moving independently, with the wearer. The inscription inside the original case proves that this necklace was made after the firm had moved to 23 Cockspur Street (in 1855), but before it changed its name to Phillips Brothers & Son (in 1869).

Components of the work

Case composed of silk leather
Necklace composed of gold Length 39.0 cm Width 2.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: PHILLIPS, 23, COCKSPUR ST., LONDON printed in gold beneath a crown

  • Location: Inside case lid
  • Type: Print

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Accession number: M.60 & A-1982
Primary reference Number: 119114
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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