Neck ornament with slide

English or French ?
about 1830


Dimensions

Length: 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.) Overall: 3.5 x 5 x 2 cm (1 3/8 x 1 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2011.493

Medium or Technique

Gold and enamel

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Fine high karat gold, openwork wire neck chain with elaborate tasel-like terminals and a central, oval slide decorated with granulation and cannetille wirework. In original, unmarked box indicating that there were matching earrings.

Markings

There are 4 "V"s inside hinged lariat clasp. Two are upward facing, two are downward facing.

Provenance

Probably by the late 19th century, Josephine Cutter Burnett (b. 1830 – d. 1906), Boston; by descent to her granddaughter, Elizabeth Choate Spykman (b. 1896 – d. 1965), Boston; by inheritance to her daughters, Angelica Harter, Cambridge, MA and Patricia Winer, Bethany, CT; 2011, gift of Angelica Harter and Patricia Winer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Angelica S. Harter and Patricia S. Winer