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Dress ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    1764 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pfisterer, Leopold (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brilliant-cut diamonds set in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.95:30-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 54, shelf A, box 2

  • Public access description

    In 1764, the Empress Catherine the Great commissioned the goldsmith Leopold Pfisterer to make a large suite of diamond and Bohemian garnet jewellery. It was composed of a necklace, bracelets and other jewels. On the reverse of the diamond ornaments are tiny holes through which passed threads strung with garnet beads.

    Two of the jewels are inscribed with their inventory numbers and gemstone weights in carats. One also has the year of the commission and the monogram of Leopold Pfisterer.

    It is rare for such magnificent diamond jewellery to survive intact, because succeeding generations tended to melt it down and re-make it in the latest fashion. The set was formerly part of the Russian Imperial Collection. It was sold by the Bolshevik government after the Russian Revolution of 1917.

  • Physical description

    Dress ornament, brilliant cut diamonds set in silver. Shuttle shaped. One of a set of 46 dress ornaments (M.95:1-46-1951), the backs of somes pieces inscribed with the Russian royal inventory numbers for 1764, and one with a monogram.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 4.2 cm, Width: 1.8 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

  • Object history note

    One of a set of 46 dress ornaments (M.95:1-46-1951). The backs of somes pieces inscribed with the Russian royal inventory numbers for 1764, and one with a monogram. Perhaps made by Louis Duval of St. Petersburg, goldsmith to the crown.

  • Descriptive line

    Dress ornament from a set of 46, shuttle shaped, brilliant cut diamonds set in silver, made by Leopold Pfisterer, Russia, 1764.

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection