Day or Aurora with the Genius of Light brooch

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

Object Place: Europe, Italy


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Limestone mounted in gold

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



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.


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)

[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