Brooch

American
about 1895
Marcus & Co. (American, 1892–1941)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 4.2 x 1.5 cm (3 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1522

Medium or Technique

Gold and amethyst

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

At the top of the ornament is a horizontal, decorative bar with a pin stem. Suspended from the bar are two elaborate chains terminating in a reverse, heart-shaped pendant set with an oval, cabochon amethyst (about 26 carats). Flanking the stone are two fantastic, bird-like creatures with long necks and on reverse are four intertwined snakes in raised relief. The ornament is further embellished by granulation. It appears that the pendant once opened but has been soldered shut.

Markings

Impressed MARCUS & CO on applied tab along bottom edge

Provenance

December 7, 1987, gift of Dr. Joseph Sataloff, Bala Cynwyd, PA, to his daughter, Jody Sataloff, Portland, ME; 2012, year-end gift of Jody Sataloff to the MFA. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Jody Sataloff in memory of Dr. Joseph Sataloff