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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooper, John Paul, born 1869 - died 1933 (maker)
    Cooper, John Paul, born 1869 - died 1933 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-worked silver and gold with rubies, aquamarines, sapphires, opals and chrysoprases

  • Credit Line:

    Formerly in the collection of Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read.

  • Museum number:

    M.30-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf A, box 8

John Paul Cooper received particular praise at the 1906 Arts and Crafts Exhibition, when the Studio magazine singled out his jewellery for its sculptural qualities and for its originality at a time when other exhibitors' work appeared rather formulaic. The shimmering colours and rounded cabochon-cut stones are typical features of Arts and Crafts jewellery, as are the plain bezels and the hand-worked silver. Cooper's work was often although by no means exclusively figurative, and he favoured spiritual and symbolic subjects. He was fascinated also by the magical and spiritual associations of precious metals and stones. He had trained initially as an architect and worked in the practice of J. D. Sedding, before turning to metalwork and jewellery. By 1906 when this pendant was made, when Cooper was head of the Metalwork Department at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art.

Physical description

The pendant consists of a madonna and child within a jewelled niche, which hangs within an circular wire frame decorated with stars. A further small circular pendant and drop hang below, while above a dove descends between the two chains that connect the suspension loop.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1906 (made)

Artist/maker

Cooper, John Paul, born 1869 - died 1933 (maker)
Cooper, John Paul, born 1869 - died 1933 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-worked silver and gold with rubies, aquamarines, sapphires, opals and chrysoprases

Marks and inscriptions

Unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm, Width: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant of gold and silver, set with rubies, chrysoprases, sapphires, aquamarines and opals, designed and made by John Paul Cooper, Birmingham, 1906.

Production Note

A sketch of the pendant appears in Coopers first stockbook, dated December 20th 1906.

Materials

Silver; Gold; Rubies; Aquamarines; Chrysoprase; Sapphires; Opals

Subjects depicted

Dove

Categories

Christianity; Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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