Thursday, July 3, 2014

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: The Marret Frères et Jarry Brooch, 1875

Brooch of Gold, Emeralds and Diamonds
c. 1875
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This gold brooch, decorated with enamel and set with emeralds and rose-cut diamonds was made in Paris circa 1875 by the jewelry firm of  Marret Frères et Jarry.

This transitional piece, in the form of a floral head, marks the ushering-in of heavily-jeweled Naturalistic floral sprays which dominated the end of the Nineteenth Century.

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