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Brooch (USA)

This is a Brooch. It was made by Tiffany and Co.. It is dated ca. 1889 and we acquired it in 1979. Its medium is gold, enamel, diamonds. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In 1889, designer Paulding Farnham’s enameled and bejeweled orchids for Tiffany
& Co. created a sensation at the Paris Exposition Universelle. The choice of orchids
coincided with these flowers being sought for the gardens of the wealthy, who
were also the jewelry firm’s patrons. Designers consulted botanical texts at the
studio and made watercolor sketches to devise life-like enameling schemes. The
book Orchids and How to Grow Them in India and Other Tropical Climates, found in
the studio’s library, likely served as a reference for the design of this jewelry

This object was donated by Miss Isabel Shults. It is credited Gift of Isabel Shults.

  • Brooch, 2010
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  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.149.2016

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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  • Cymric Brooch
  • silver and enamel.
  • Gift of Harry C. Sigman.
  • 2013-21-24
  • Brooch
  • gold, enamel, diamond.
  • Gift of Isabel Shults.
  • 1979-16-3

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 4.2 x 4.3 x 2 cm (1 5/8 x 1 11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Brooch (USA); Made by Tiffany and Co. (United States); gold, enamel, diamonds; H x W x D: 4.2 x 4.3 x 2 cm (1 5/8 x 1 11/16 x 13/16 in.); Gift of Isabel Shults; 1979-16-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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