Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Design - Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    ca 1860's

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firm of John Brogden

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawing in pencil and watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    E.2:1447-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 15

This design comes from 'The Brogden Album', the album contained 1,593 designs for jewellery and goldsmith's work, mainly in colour and dating between 1848 and 1884. It is a unique record of the years in which John Brogden, an internationally celebrated 'art goldsmith and jeweller worked first in partnership and then as owner-director of his own firm. This was a period of great diversity in fashionable jewellery, and the Brogden firm where noted for their skill in designing and creating a range of styles.

The firm was founded by John Brogden the elder in about 1796. From about 1824 to 1831 it was styled 'Brogden and Garland' and thereafter until 1841 'Garland and Watherston'. The younger Brogden, the son of Thomas Brogden and presumably a relative of the founder, served an apprenticeship to J.W. garland as a goldsmith and jeweller from 1834 to 1841. Following Garland's departure, the remaining partner, J.H. Watherston, removed the firm to new premises at 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and in 1848 joined forces with the younger Brogden.

Physical description

Rectangular card with pencil and watercolour drawings depicting designs for six gold rings. Five of the designs incorporate gemstones including diamond, ruby, emerald, turquoise or sapphire, and pearl. The other design depicts an oval medallion surrounded by a gold rope design and fret work. The designs are annotated in black ink with prices.

Place of Origin

London

Date

ca 1860's

Artist/maker

Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

drawing in pencil and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

The designs are annotated with prices in ink. The first two read: '£9.10'; the third reads '(Scarabaeus)' and, below this, '£8:-'; the fourth reads '£12:-'; the fifth reads '£7:-'; and the sixth reads '£8.10'. A black ink cross appears beneath this design to the right.
Annotated in black ink with prices.

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm, Width: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Design for jewellery, by the firm of John Brogden, about 1860

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Painting; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Jewellery; Pearl; Gemstones; Ruby; Gold; Sapphire; Ring; Emerald; Turquoise

Categories

Designs; Jewellery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.