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Design - Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)
    London

  • Date:

    ca. 1860

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firm of John Brogden

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, ink and watercolour drawings on card

  • Museum number:

    E.2:810-1986

  • 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 a pencil, ink and watercolour design for a drop earring, comprised of an oval frame of gold, in the centre of which is an oval-shaped disc of enamel, inlaid diagonally through which is a row of three pearls or diamonds. Suspended from the gold oval frame is a line of fine gold tassels. Annotated in the bottom right-hand corner in brown ink is the signature: 'J BROGDEN'.

Place of Origin

London (designed)
London

Date

ca. 1860

Artist/maker

Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, ink and watercolour drawings on card

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Diamond; Tassel; Earrings; Enamel; Pearl; Gold

Categories

Designs; Jewellery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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