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Jewellery Design

Design
ca 1860s
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Drawing in pencil and watercolour on card.
Brief Description
Design for jewellery, by the firm of John Brogden, about 1860
Physical Description
Rectangular card with a pencil and watercolour drawing of a design for a gold and royal blue enamel bracelet depicting a serpent with ruby eyes. The body of the snake is decorated with bands of pearls and the head is ornamented with a large diamond surrounded by pearls and set in gold.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.7cm
  • Width: 15.2cm
Styles
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
A stamp depicting a crown and the writing 'Bristol Board' is embossed in the top left hand corner of the card.
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2:103-1986

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record createdFebruary 1, 2011
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