Photograph by Horatio Salinas

Sparkling Jewels Take Flight

Before she created the Georgian-inspired fine-jewelry line Larkspur & Hawk, Emily Satloff was immersed in the world of antiques: She worked as a curator of decorative arts at the New York Historical Society, a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a dealer of 18th-century jewelry.

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Godfried Schalcken. Detail from Allegory of Virtue and Riches, 1667.                

The bird represents virtue and true love, which the woman is attempting to outweigh with the piled-up jewels. She grieves, because her virtue has been sacrificed for riches. A painting which is dated 1676, and shows a woman releasing a bird from a box, may well have been painted as a companion to this picture.