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Cloak clasp

Cloak clasp

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with cloisonné enamel, cabachon sapphires, emeralds, pearls and seed pearls

  • Museum number:

    M.3&A-1985

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 28, shelf D, box 5 []

Henry Wilson's jewellery is distinctive for its rich colour combinations worked in stones and enamel, and its sculptural qualities. Like many other Arts and Crafts designers, including C.R. Ashbee, Wilson trained originally as an architect. He became interested in metals in the early 1890s, and went on to teach at the Royal College of Art, publishing a practical manual Silverwork and Jewellery in 1903.

One of Wilson’s biggest influences was nature, as can be seen in the leaf motif of this clasp. He believed in working from life, and instructed anyone attempting to depict a nightingale to ‘first go and watch one singing’.

Physical description

Gold cloak clasp decorated with cloisonné enamel, cabachon sapphires, emeralds, pearls and seed pearls

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1914 (made)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Gold with cloisonné enamel, cabachon sapphires, emeralds, pearls and seed pearls

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.5 cm, Depth: 2.6 cm

Descriptive line

Gold cloak clasp in two parts decorated with cloisonné enamel, cabachon sapphires, emeralds, pearls and seed pearls, designed by Henry Wilson, England, about 1914

Materials

Gold; Sapphire; Pearl; Enamel; Emerald

Techniques

Cloisonné

Categories

Accessories; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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