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Pendant: M.52 & A-1983

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Thomas, William James (Maker)


Reverse crystal intaglio of a bird on a branch mounted in gold, enamelled in pale blue and red and set with pearls. Oval with a loop for suspension at the top, decorated en suite with the mount. Behind the intaglio there is a compartment for a phototgraph or hair. The back of the mount is engraved with the word 'Vienna' and the date '1873'. In black leather case (A)


History note: Purchased by Mrs Hull Grundy from Malcolm Carr

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.9 cm
Width: 3.7 cm

Relative size of this object

3.7 cm5.9 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Production date: AD 1873 : Dated 1873, but probably a few years earlier.


At the 1873 Vienna exhibition only one British jeweller exhibited crystal intaglios, W.J. Thomas, so this piece was retailed by him, but this does not indicate the carver. The crystal by Emil Marius Pradier.

Components of the work

Part composed of enamel ( pale blue and red) pearls Mount composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Vienna
  • Location: Back of the mount
  • Type: Engraving
  • Text: 1873
  • Location: Back of the mount
  • Type: Engraving

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.52 & A-1983
Primary reference Number: 170693
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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