Berlin ironwork necklace with cross pendant

German or French

Not on view

Ironwork jewelry is an important category of nineteenth century jewelry, and this necklace and pendant are among the Museum's finest pieces of Gothic-revival jewelry. While it is likely that this necklace was made in Germany, it is also possible that it was produced in Paris. Germany was the leading center of production for ironwork jewelry, and ateliers elsewhere on the Continent copied German designs. The renewed interest in Gothic art that occurred in the early nineteenth century influenced the production of jewelry, and the medium of iron was well suited to the lacy yet austere Gothic-revival designs, as exemplified by this tracery cross.

Berlin ironwork necklace with cross pendant, Iron, German or French

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