Renaissance revival neck ornament

American
1900–04
Designed by G. Paulding Farnham (American, 1859–1927), For Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present)


Dimensions

Depth x length: 0.7 x 147.3 cm (1/4 x 58 in.)

Accession Number

2015.3184

Medium or Technique

Platinum, gold, enamel, diamond, ruby, emerald, cat's eye, chrysoberyl, sapphire, and pearl

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Long gold, gemset, and enamel chain with arabesques and scrolling motifs evocative of Renaissance revival jewelry. The pastel color palate of greens, orange, and pinks is unexpected of this genre of jewelry, as is its design as a long chain rather than a connected necklace. The form is likely inspired from the chains worn by women in Renaissance portraiture which was sewn onto the dress to adorn the bodice.

Many of Farnham’s revival-themed jewels were shown, to great acclaim, at the 1901 Buffalo Exposition.

Markings

Tiffany & Co.

Provenance

Around 1900-1904, purchased from Tiffany & Co. [see note 1] by Henry Walters (1848-1931) and soon after probably given to his sister Jennie Walters Delano (1853-1922) [see note 2]; descended through Delano's family; March 17, 2009, purchased at Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, by Susan B. Kaplan, Brookline, MA; 2015, gift of Kaplan to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 16, 2015)

NOTES:
[1] Possibly purchased at the 1901 Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, NY.

[2] According to records at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the piece was purchased from Tiffany & Co. by Henry Walters for "a relative," most likely his sister Jennie Walters Delano.

Credit Line

Gift of Susan B. Kaplan