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Corsage ornament

Large gem-set brooches worn on the chest were popular adornments worn in the evening by well-to-do European ladies during the eighteenth century. Naturalistically-rendered floral motifs dominated and in this revivalist example, made in the late nineteenth century, the flower heads are set en...

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French maker's and assay marks


Private collection, London; 2006, sold from this private collection to Wartski, Ltd., London; 2012, sold by Wartski to the MFA (Accession date: January 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Vance Wall Foundation, Saundra B. Lane and an anonymous donor

French, about 1890


Overall: 23 x 8 x 2.7 cm (9 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 1/16 in.) ornament Overall: 26 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm (10 1/4 x 4 15/16 x 2 9/16 in.) box

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, gold, and diamond


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches