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Imperial Peacock Jewelry Set
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Inspired by the legendary Peacock Throne commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal), this spectacular Imperial Peacock Jewelry Set reprises the throne’s unrivaled splendor of bejeweled peacock feathers and untold emeralds, diamonds and other precious stones. The necklace with delicate crystal-tipped feathers and faceted green onyx gems is handmade in German silver by skilled silversmiths and gem artisans, and presented on a dual-tone herringbone chain with hook clasp. The included pierced dangle post earrings suspend briolette drops. Elegant presentation box. Necklace, 16"l.; Pierced Earrings, 2.5"l.
In 1904 Charles Lang Freer acquired a London shipping magnate’s dining room (painted by James McNeill Whistler in rich peacock hues overlain with golden peacock designs) and moved it to his Detroit mansion. There he filled the shelves with the ceramics he had collected from Egypt and Asia. Painstakingly restored to its 1908 appearance (including ceramics), it is now on display at the Freer Gallery of Art’s exhibit, The Peacock Room Comes to America. Our selection of this elegant, peacock-themed piece was inspired by this beautiful room, which highlights Freer’s belief in the “aesthetic relationships among the museum’s diverse collections.”
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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