Thursday, November 20, 2014

Suite of Garnet Jewelry, mid-19th century




Suite of jewelry

American or European
mid-19th century

Object Place, United States or Europe

DIMENSIONS
22.6 x 12.5 x 1.8 cm (8 7/8 x 4 15/16 x 11/16 in.) measured with chain extended straight back from pendant

ACCESSION NUMBER
60.645a-d

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Garnets, set in gilt metal, seed pearls

NOT ON VIEW
COLLECTIONS
Americas, Europe, Jewelry

CLASSIFICATIONS
Jewelry / Adornment, Sets

Parure of cabochon and faceted garnets and seed pearls, set in gilt metal. Necklace (a), brooch (b) and two pins (c and d). Seed pearls in pins only. Settings are attached together with gilt links so any combination. No stones missing.

Provenance
Gift to the MFA, 1960

Credit Line
Gift from the Estate of Mary Babcock Alward

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cameo bracelet, ca. 1860






Cameo bracelet

probably Italian
about 1860

DIMENSIONS
Overall: 3.5 x 20 x 2.2 cm (1 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 7/8 in.)

ACCESSION NUMBER
46.1445

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Gold metal and shell


COLLECTIONS
Jewelry

CLASSIFICATIONS
Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets

The four cameos in this bracelet are carved in unusually high relief. Each one illustrates a mythological scene.They are set in decorative and shaped bezels, surrounded by a beaded metal wire and an openwork repeating design of stylized leaves separated by balls. Each cameo element is attached by small loops to a pierced and embelished metal element making it flexible. It has a tab and tongue clasp.

Credit Line
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Evening dress by Mme. Roger, ca. 1865





Woman's evening dress

French (Paris)
about 1865
Mme. Roger (French, active in mid-19th century French)

Object Place, Paris, France

DIMENSIONS
Center back 24 11/16 in. (62.7 cm)

ACCESSION NUMBER
46.207a-b

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Silk brocaded taffeta, tulle, satin and blond lace

NOT ON VIEW
COLLECTIONS
Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

CLASSIFICATIONS
Costumes

Evening dress in two parts. Bodice and most of skirt of white satin with self figure of broad ribbon serpentines with crossing sprays of highly decorative flowers and fruit including pomegranate; bodice with low rounded neck in front, lower edge cut in tabs, sleeves elbow length with white chiffon forming top slightly puffed portion; skirt front of white satin cut straight with flounce of knife pleats along bottom edge, fullness of skirt at back in soft pleats, pleated puffs on side, bows of white satin finished with tassels of silk and artificial pearls, artificial pearl fringe along front edges of overskirt. Some additional trimming originally on dress, but now missing.

Provenance
Purchased in Paris between 1858 - 1861 by the parents of Fanny Crowninshield, (Mrs. John Quincy Adams II), (1839 - 1911), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Robert Homans, Boston; 1946, gift of Mrs. Homans to MFA [see note 2]. (Accession date: February 14, 1946) NOTES: [1] See "Fashion Show: Paris Style," Boston: MFA, 2006, pg. 59-60. [2] In 1943, the MFA received eleven dresses from Mrs. Homans which were originally worn by her mother. Two, (including this example), were designed by Mme. Roger, Paris, the other nine by the House of Worth, Paris.

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Colt Family Suite (necklace and earrings), 1856



The Colt family suite

American

1856

Retailed by Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present)

Object Place, New York, United States

DIMENSIONS
Overall (necklace): 15.5 x 14 x 1 x 50.8 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3/8 x 20 in.) Diameter and length (earrings): 1.6 x 1.8 cm (5/8 x 11/16 in.)

ACCESSION NUMBER
2010.221.1-3

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Gold, enamel and diamond (mine-cut)

NOT ON VIEW
COLLECTIONS
Americas, Jewelry

CLASSIFICATIONS
Jewelry / Adornment, Sets

The necklace, given by Samuel Colt to his bride (Elizabeth Hart Jarvis) as a wedding present, consists of graduating floriform blue enamel links set with twenty mine-cut diamonds interspersed with smaller diamonds. Total carat weight: 38.84.

The earrings, along with a matching necklace, were given by Samuel Colt to his bride (Elizabeth Hart Jarvis) as a wedding present. Each consists of a floriform blue enamel rosette set with a central, mine-cut diamond (1.54 and 1.35 carats) with surrounding smaller diamonds. The kidney-wire hoops have been replaced by 14 kt screwbacks.

Markings
Unmarked

Provenance
June 1856, purchased by Samuel Colt (1814-1862), Hartford, CT and given to his bride Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (1826-1905) on the occassion of their wedding; thence by descent in the Colt family; March 16, 2010, anonymous sale, Skinner Inc., Boston, lot 567, to the MFA (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line
Frank B. Bemis Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and funds donated anonymously






Florentine Mosaic Parure, ca. 1860






"Florentine Mosaic" parure, set in gilt metal filigree and granule decoration surrounding circles (upper portion of earrings), and half-circles of porcelain or enamel. The parure is composed of: brooch; pendant locket; pair of cuff studs; pair of earrings. A specially designed box (-3 G) of black "morocco" lined with pale blue satin.

This is a earrings from Italy. It is dated ca. 1860 and we acquired it in 1952. Gift of Emily H. Chauncey. This object is currently resting in our storage facility

Its medium is:  gold, enamel, mosaic

Its dimensions are:  H x diam. (a): 0.9 x 4 cm (3/8 x 1 9/16 in.) H x diam. (c,d): 0.8 x 2.3 cm (5/16 x 7/8 in.)

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pearl parure, c. 1830






Pearl Parure, c.1830

Set consists of two bracelets, earrings, brooch, hair ornament, and necklace.

It is dated ca. 1830 and we acquired it in 1946. Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes. This object is currently resting in our storage facility

Its medium is:  seed pearls, mother-of-pearl, gold, fiber

Its dimensions are:  (earrings) L x W (approx.): 1.5 x 1 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.)

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection

Aluminum and gold jewelry suite - France, ca. 1860





Brooch (a) and earrings (b,c) of aluminum set in elaborate gold mounts and covered with fine bright-cut engraving; brooch with six semi-circular segments surmounting circular form decorated with chevrons, above a linked chain and a small, circular, foliate motif pendant; pendant earrings, each with one horizontal and two vertical semi-circular segments surmounting small, circular, foliate motif pendant.

This is a jewelry suite from France. It is dated ca. 1860 and we acquired it in 1928. Gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel. This object is currently resting in our storage facility

Its medium is:  bright-cut engraved aluminum, gold

Its dimensions are:  H x W x D (a: brooch): 5.8 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm (2 5/16 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in.) H x W x D (b: earring): 6.4 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm (2 1/2 x 3/4 x 7/16 in.) H x W x D (c: earring): 6.5 x 1 x 1.9 cm (2 9/16 x 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection