Day or Aurora with the Genius of Light brooch

Italian
1855–57
Retailed by Samuel T. Crosby (American, 1813–1908), After Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, 1770–1844)


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

5.71 x 5.08 cm (2 1/4 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

65.268

Medium or Technique

Limestone mounted in gold

On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

Limestone medallion with winged Venus and Cupid in almost full round; mounted in gold in Castellani style. In fitting case with name of Saml T. Crosby, 69 Wash. St., Boston.

Provenance

About 1855/1857, probably sold by Samuel T. Crosby, Boston [see note 1]. By 1946, Mary Stacy Beaman (Mrs. Edward Jackson) Holmes (b. 1875), Boston; 1965, bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 10, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] The brooch is kept in a box from Samuel T. Crosby, 69 Washington Street, Boston. Crosby was a silversmith and retail jeweler. The firm "Samuel T. Crosby" existed between 1854 and 1859, and was located at 69 Washington Street between 1855 and 1857. See Charles L. Venable, "Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor" (New York: Abrams, 1994), 318 and Martha Gandy Fales, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900" (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1995), 236.

Credit Line

The Edward Jackson Holmes Collection—Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes