The Art of Morbid Anatomy

"The Art of Mourning" at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum is in it's final weeks. For a taste of what's in store, check out this interview with museum founder Joanna Ebenstein, via Wisconsin Public Radio. While we highly recommend a visit to the museum, the interview offers a glimpse into their cabinets of curiosities for those unable to make the trip.

 
 Victorian 14k gold and mother of pearl brooch/pendant with woven and applied hair. Available at Gray & Davis.

Victorian 14k gold and mother of pearl brooch/pendant with woven and applied hair. Available at Gray & Davis.

 

From the interview, we learned it's likely that the text on the brooch above was painted using a solution of dissolved hair. It's a slightly morbid, and very neat.

If you visit the Morbid Anatomy Museum in the next couple of weeks, be sure to check out our hair jewelry on display in the Museum's gift shop!

Victorian Hair Jewelry from Gray & Davis at the Morbid Anatomy Museum

We are pleased to announce that Gray & Davis is partnering with the Morbid Anatomy Museum to present for sale a selection of Victorian hairwork jewelry from our vault.

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The pieces, all dating from the mid-nineteenth century, are available exclusively at the museum’s gift shop in Brooklyn.  Founded earlier this year, the Morbid Anatomy museum explores the intersections of death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks. Their current exhibition, The Art of Mourning, is on view through January 5th. We highly recommend it as an afternoon excursion on a cold winter’s day. 

Photo by Joanna Ebenstein.