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Belle Epoch Parure (Hair comb, pair of earrings, bracelet, necklace, brooch and box)

French
1890–1900
Jean-François Legrand (French, founded in 1849)


Dimensions

Length x width (Hair comb): 12.1 × 10 cm (4 3/4 × 3 15/16 in.) Length x width (Earrings): 7 × 7 cm (2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in.) Length x width (Bracelet): 20 × 3 cm (7 7/8 × 1 3/16 in.) Height x width (Brooch): 12.1 × 6 cm (4 3/4 × 2 3/8 in.) Height x width (Box): 31 × 27.9 cm (12 3/16 × 11 in.)

Accession Number

2017.128.1-7

Medium or Technique

(Hair comb): Amethyst, rose quartz, emerald, pearl, silver, enamel, and tortoiseshell/plastic (?). (Earrings): Amethyst, rose quartz, emerald, pearl, silver, and enamel. (Bracelet): Amethyst, rose quartz, emerald, pearl, silver, and enamel. (Necklace): Amethyst, rose quartz, emerald, pearl, silver, and enamel. (Brooch): Amethyst, rose quartz, emerald, pearl, silver, and enamel. (Box): Leather, silk moiré, and velvet.

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Classifications

Sets

(Hair comb): Curved amethyst, emerald, and pearl hair ornament with black and white enamel, and hinged attachment to (possible replacement) tortoiseshell comb.
(Earrings): Amethyst and emeralds in closed-back setting, small pearls, and black and white enamel on silver. Design features three amethyst drops and bent-wire backs. (Bracelet): Amethyst and emerald in closed-back setting, small pearl drops, and black and white enamel on silver.
(Necklace): Fringe necklace with amethyst and emerald (?) in closed-back setting, small pearls, and black and white enamel on silver.
(Brooch): Round gem-set and black and white enamel brooch in the shape of a rosette with five drops.
(Box): Rectangular blue leather box with off-white interior. Fitted spaces for hair comb, earrings, brooch, necklace, and bracelet.

Provenance

2015, sold by Moira Fine Jewellery, London to Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2017, gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf to the MFA. (Accession date: March 1, 2017)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf