An important and highly desirable coral wedding tiara attributed to the Phillips Brothers, composed of polished branches of red coral or "corallium rubrum" on a gilt-metal wire frame.
Phillips Brothers (founded in 1839) were the leading supplier of coral goods in London, as well as being important goldsmiths and jewellers. In 1870 the firm advertised that it had 'the most complete collection of fine coral work in the world'. Robert Phillips received the order of the Crown of Italy by the king of Naples for his services to the coral industry in Naples.
London. Circa 1840-1860.
Dimensions: height 6cm ; width 14,5cm ; depth 13,5cm ; internal diameter 11cm
In excellent condition.
- a similar tiara in its original box is kept at the Victoria & Albert museum : accession number M.10:1, 2-2003
- a similar tiara (described as Italian, circa 1830) was sold at Christie's
London, South Kensington - sale 5299 - lot 193 - 21 May 2014 - for GB£ 5000.
Price : on request
1 200 €
2 000 €