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Pair of bracelets
  • Pair of bracelets
    Devaranne, Siméon Pierre, born 1789 - died 1859
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Pair of bracelets

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Devaranne, Siméon Pierre, born 1789 - died 1859 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron openwork

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Harriet Bolkow

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Siméon Pierre Devaranne (1789-1859) was trained as a jeweller and retailer and won an international reputation for the delicacy of the casting of his iron jewellery.

Physical description

Pair of Berlin ironwork bracelets. Each bracelet is formed of seven openwork links running between a catch which has an oval slightly convex panel of a spray of flowers within a border of flowers. Four of the links are centred by rectangles with a diaper pattern, the rectangles held top and bottom by an arch of three scrolls lined with scrolls and trefoils. Two links are formed of acanthus above and below a cross of acanthus and fleur-de-lys centred by a flower. The middle link is a concentric oval of scrolls centred by the same floral spray which covers the catch. In one bracelet the two sprays have the same orientation. In the other they are reversed.

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)


ca. 1820-1830 (made)


Devaranne, Siméon Pierre, born 1789 - died 1859 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron openwork

Marks and inscriptions

For Devaranne of Berlin. Each bracelet is marked on the back of the flower-head in the centre of the links formed as crosses (i.e. a total of twice on each bracelet).

Object history note

Bequeathed by Harriet Bolckow, wife of the Middlesborough ironmaster, Henry William Ferdinand Bolckow (1806–1878), who was born at Sulten, Mecklenburg, Germany. Following the death of his first wife, Harriet, the only daughter of James Farrar of Halifax, married him in 1851. She died on 13 August 1890, bequeathing to the South Kensington Museum (the future V&A) a collection of lace and of jewellery.

Descriptive line

Pair of bracelets of Berlin ironwork, cast iron openwork, made by Devaranne, Berlin, ca. 1820-1830

Labels and date

9. BRACELET, cast iron , Germany; c. 1820-30
Marked Dev for Devaranne of Berlin.
Museum No. 754-1890 [07/1994]


Cast iron


Casting; Openwork


Metalwork; Ironwork; Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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