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Esterhazy Marriage Collar
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Esterhazy Marriage Collar

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Description This elegant, jeweled wedding collar (incomplete) was reputedly worn by the scion of a powerful Hungarian noble family allied with the Habsburgs, Palatine Miklos Esterhazy, at his wedding in 1611. The design evokes a stylized flower garland interspersed with references to love and marriage, including right hands clasped around a heart (union based on good faith and love), doves (affection), cornucopias (prosperity), and forget-me-nots (loyalty). Such a piece of ritual jewelry could be valued as a striking symbol of the fundamental importance of marital alliances to the Habsburgs. The associated ornament has two hooks on the back for fastening it to clothing.
Date Description Narrative
6/01/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
6/17/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
11/23/1987Examinationexamined for condition
2/17/1988Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance Counts Esterhazy, by inheritance; Bishop Sigismund Bubics (Zsigmund Bubics) of Kaschau (Kosice), by purchase; Jacques Seligmann, Paris (No. 101 in French Sale); Henry Walters, 1923, by purchase; Sadie Jones (Mrs Henry Walters), 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 1, 1941, no. 1289; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941

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ca. 1611 (Baroque)
gold, enamel, rubies, emeralds, pearls, sapphires, stones, other gems or colored glass
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L: 18 in. (45.7 cm)

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