Mourning pendant brooch
Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overall: 5.7 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold, watercolor on ivory, hair, glass
Not On View
Mourning brooch, gold setting, scene of woman standing next to plinth with two urns inscribed WM and TM, raising her arms to two cherubs in the clouds. Case by Parry & Musgrave, goldsmiths, Philadelphia. Hair work by “J. Boone, hair worker”, Philadelphia. The mother shown is Ruth McConnell of Huntington, Pennsylvania.
On back of case: "In Memory of / T. M. McC. / Aged six years & three months / and / W. H. McC. / aged 2 years & 10 months" with bright-cut border. Inscribed inside back case cover: "Made by Parry & Musgrave, Philadelphia, Sept. 13th, 1792." Backing the ivory panel is the partial label of "J. Boone, hair worker, 33 South St., Philada."
Unknown date, found in central Pennsylvania; to Paul Madden, Nantucket, Massachusetts; 1984, sold at auction by Robert W. Skinner, Bolton, Massachusetts (October 26, 1984, sale 1000, lot 240); to Stephen Score, Essex, Massachusetts; purchased by Daphne Farago, Little Compton, Rhode Island; 2006, gift of Daphne Farago to the MFA (Accession date: January 25, 2006).
The Daphne Farago Collection