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A FRAMED HAIRWORK PICTURE OF BRACELETS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL PENDANTS
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A FRAMED HAIRWORK PICTURE OF BRACELETS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL PENDANTS

1851

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A FRAMED HAIRWORK PICTURE OF BRACELETS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL PENDANTS
1851
With central panel inscribed 'CRYSTAL PALACE EXHIBITION 1851', framed
15 in. (38 cm.) x 18 in. (46 cm.)
Together with a framed hairwork picture of a floral spray, circa 1850 (2)
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Professional hairworkers and jewellers often created large-scale pictures to demonstrate their expertise. The London jeweller Antoni Forrer who was briefly in partnership with Charles Packer, employed fifty workers at his establishment on Regent Street, and in 1845 was granted a royal warrant as 'Artist in Hair Jewellery to Her Majesty.' In 1851 he was awarded a medal at the Crystal Palace Exhibition for a framed set of miniature portraits in hair of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and other members of the royal family, mounted in gold.

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