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R & S Garrard

Pendant and earrings in the form of fuscias

RCIN 52541

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A pendant and a pair of gold mounted enamel earrings in the form of a fuscia flower set with milk teeth from Princess Beatrice (1857-1944), Queen Victoria's youngest child. These are suspended from an enamelled ribbon.

The work of setting the teeth in the fuschia-shaped gold and enamel mounts was executed by R. & S. Garrard in November 1864, and the choice of the setting may reflect the meaning of the fuschia in the authoritative contemporary guides to the language of flowers: taste.

Text adapted from Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, London, 2015.