|Diamond Spray Ornament with Trembler|
The Hull-Grundy Gift
The British Museum
I've had a good time these last couple of weeks exploring the jewelry in the Hull-Grundy gift to The British Museum. Among the many grand jewels in the bequest is this ornamental trembler pin in the form of a floral spray, a piece which is highly representative of the Nineteenth Century revival of Eighteenth Century forms.
The French work of silver, gold, and closed-back, pink-foiled diamonds is reminiscent of pieces made for the French court in the late Eighteenth Century. Empress Eugénie revived the style in the 1850s when such floral ornaments found a new fashion in the naturalistic style which flourished across the European aristocracy.