Bracelet

ca. 1825 (made)

Unknown

Height: 3.2 cm, Length: 17.5 cm unclasped, Depth: 1.1 cm

M.88-1951 MET

Locket bracelet, coloured gold openwork, with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with semi-precious foiled stones and pastes, possibly made in France, about 1820-30

Locket bracelet, coloured gold openwork, with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with semi-precious foiled stones and pastes. Each link has a locket fitting at the back.

The colourful and flamboyant jewellery of the 1820s and 1830s could be set with up to a dozen different stones within a rich gold and coloured gold framework. Special manufacturing techniques and decorative effects were used to achieve an expensive finish using smaller amounts of gold. Although lightly made, this opulent jewellery looked heavier than earlier Neo-classical work. The highly ornate filigree work of spirals (cannetille) and granules (grainti) added an appealing relief texture, but it was more popular on mainland Europe than in England, where clients preferred more substantial areas of plain gold.

Cory Bequest

Location: Jewellery, room 91, case 16, shelf C, box 3

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