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Necklace Formed of Fifteen Dress Ornaments

probably Transylvania , possibly South Germany
probably Transylvanian, possibly South Germany
Gold, enamel, ruby and pearls.
L. 45 cm.
Jewelry, Precious Metals and Precious Stones
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 951
This necklace was assembled, probably in the nineteenth century, from fifteen clothing ornaments dating to the early seventeenth century. The prevalence of these ornaments, called boglar, in sixteenth and seventeenth-century inventories of Hungarian women, suggests that they were relatively inexpensive, a theory supported by the minimal use of precious metal. The jewels were frequently marked on the back, presumably by the maker, with initials; in the case of the present work, “GK” and “HB”.
Baron Salomon de Rothschild, Paris; [Jacques Helft, Paris].
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