American Decorative Arts
Maker: Tiffany and Company, American, founded 1837

Locket

1877

Gold and glass

2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 in. (5.398 x 2.858 x 1.27 cm)
Anonymous gift
2010.197.1
Oval lockets and miniatures were frequently associated with courtship or intimate relationships. After the introduction of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, lockets grew in popularity as containers for photographic portraits, which were less costly and more easily obtained than watercolor-on-ivory miniatures. This gold locket bears the inscription “Aimée from Brad / Aug 6, 1877.” The full identity of this couple is unknown, but the date may commemorate their wedding, an anniversary, or some other meaningful occasion. It was retailed by Tiffany and Company, one of America’s premier purveyors of fine jewelry. The applied, intertwined monogram is in the Renaissance Revival style that was popular during the third quarter of the nineteenth century.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

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