Gold Fern Earrings
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These earrings feature ferns from hand-colored engravings in Icones Filicum (1831), published in London by William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), a renowned English botanist and the first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and Robert Kaye Greville (1794-1866), a Scottish bryologist. The full Latin title of this stunningly beautiful work is translated “Figures and descriptions of ferns principally unnoticed by botanists or as have not yet been correctly figured.” This work sought to correct the imbalanced emphasis on flowering plants in botanical publications of the time, and helped spark the Victorian fern craze whereby ferns became a staple plant in drawing rooms, gardens, and popular decorative art.ERS8490
Finish: Solid brass, giclee print, hand gilded faux gold, ear wires are gold plated
Dimensions: Hangs approx. 2" (Gift Boxed with Provenance Card)