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Necklace: M.33-1984

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Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Phillips Brothers & Son (Maker)

Description

Silver, composed of thirty double-spiral links, bent by hand (not cast), connected by curved loops, the clasp engraved 'PHILLIPS BROs & SON / 23 COCKSPUR STREET / London.'

Notes

History note: Wartski, Grafton Street, London W1

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Length: 44 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs

Dating

Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1870

Note

The firm of Phillips Brothers (later Phillips Brothers & Son) was one of the most productive and successful London jewellers of the nineteenth century. Their range and variety was unsurpassed and included jewellery in the Italian archaeological style, the Renaissance Revival style (copying the jewels depicted in drawings by artist Hans Holbein, 1497/8-1543), as well as pieces inspired by the jewellery of India and Scandinavia. Phillips was also influenced by the objects discovered by Sir Henry Layard during his excavations at Nimrud, an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia (near modern­day Mosul, Iraq). This necklace is based closely on a design of silver wirework created by the famous Italian firm of historicist jewellers, Castellani. This itself was based on a bronze spiral ornament, dating from the ninth century BC, which the Castellani family owned and included in their eight­room history of jewellery display in their showroom in Rome. Each pair of spirals has been worked by hand and is therefore slightly irregular.

Materials used in production

Silver

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.33-1984
Primary reference Number: 119117
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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