Grand Tour 2011: Treasure from Abroad (Part 4)

June 20, 2011

19th century harp brooch

Obscura in New York (280 East 10th Street) is a brilliant store run by an equally brilliant man named Mike, if you’re in the area, please go visit and tell him that Hayden from Art of Mourning sends his regards.

I bought this piece there and I could harp on about it forever. Well, let’s do just that in this little excerpt from the Symbolism post on the Harp in jewellery:

“(the harp) is not only a visually opulent instrument, but the sound is almost ethereal. Some of the earliest depictions of the harp in art are from the 13th century B.C..E at Thebes, but in more recent times (from the 9th century C.E), Ireland adopted the harp as a national symbol in 1542 to symbolise Ireland in the Royal Standard of King James VI. Harps were associated also with David in the Old Testament and used as the symbol of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. But if seen on jewellery, or in funerary art, it can be seen as a symbolic of worship in heaven or hope. Look for the harp most commonly in Victorian charms and latter 19th century silver pieces in motif form, but only sparingly (often a lyre) in Neoclassical pieces.”

19th century harp brooch

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