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Fifteen Links Mounted as a Necklace

A work made of gold, enamel, diamonds, and pearls.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold, enamel, diamonds, and pearls.

Date:

c. 1550–c. 1600

Artist:

Italian

About this artwork

The symmetrical, openwork scrolls on eight links of this chain, or necklace, are likely based on engraving patterns that circulated among goldsmiths. As evidenced by countless Renaissance portraits, richly patterned chains like this example were integral embellishments to costly costume. Draped across the bust of a man or a woman and sometimes used to suspend a pendant, chains were an undeniable indication of wealth and status.

On View

Applied Arts of Europe, Gallery 238

Title

Fifteen Links Mounted as a Necklace

Origin

Italy

Date

1550–1600

Medium

Gold, enamel, diamonds, and pearls

Dimensions

Length: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.); Width at widest point: 2.1 cm (1 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2019.1232

Extended information about this artwork

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