Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mastery of Design: Lady Cory's Baroque Pearl Ornament, 1865

The Victoria & Albert Museum
Lady Cory, it seems, had a lot of jewels. We have seen a good many of them. Most of Lady Cory’s jewels were bequeathed to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Let’s take a look at one more.

Here, we see a silver brooch which dates to 1865. It is made in the form of a bow, and set with a pearl and hundreds of brilliant-cut diamonds. A baroque pearl pendant drop adds drama to the piece. Made by an unknown jeweler, the brooch probably comes from Britain.

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