Tiffany & Co. Paulding Farnham Pearl and Diamond Pendant Brooch
Designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co., this freshwater pearl, diamond and enamel brooch was created circa 1889. The domed, five lobed form is pave-set with freshwater pearls of a variety of white, off white and soft pastel hues in rounded, off-round and oblong shapes, highlighted by old European-cut diamonds, with five open apertures accented with green enamel applied beads, and elaborately engraved with feathered or foliate devices to the reverse.
- Product Details
- Curator's Notes
Item #: BO-20635
Artist: Paulding Farnham, Tiffany & Co., New York
Country: United States
Size: 1.75” diameter
Materials: 95 natural freshwater pearls; 10 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.30 carat); 18K gold; (with replaced 14K gold pinstem)
Signed: Tiffany & Co.
Literature: A similar natural freshwater pearl brooch from this series designed by Paulding Farnham for the 1889 World Exposition in Paris, is pictured in Paulding Farnham: Tiffany’s Lost Genius, p. 69. The brooch pictured there, as well as other jewelry prepared for the Exposition, contained pearls harvested from the Miami, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. In the same volume, p. 20 illustrates another Farnham freshwater American pearl brooch of American tribal inspiration from the 1889 exhibition.