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Jewellery Design

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    London

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)
    Firm of John Brogden

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour drawing on card

  • Museum number:

    E.2:596-1986

  • 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 and watercolour design for two chandelier style earrings. The first is Classical in style, comprised of a blue enamel disc with a concentric circle of pearls and possibly a diamond in the centre. Suspended from the disc is a horizontal blue enamel strip inlaid with a row of pearls. Hanging from this band are three strings of pearls between four gold chains. The second design is comprised of a ruby surrounded by smaller pearls, suspended from which is a larger tear drop-shaped ruby forming the main part of the earring. Suspended from this tear drop are two strings of pearls and a further ruby, repeating the design of the small ruby at the top. From this ruby hangs a final tear drop-shaped ruby.

Place of Origin

London (made)
London

Date

ca. 1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)
Firm of John Brogden

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour drawing on card

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 7.9 cm

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Earrings; Ruby; Enamel; Pearl; Gold

Categories

Designs; Jewellery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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