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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hanagarth, Sophie (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Recycled beer bottle caps

  • Credit Line:

    The Louise Klapisch Collection, given by Suzanne Selvi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in Values of Design, Design Society, Shekou, China

This necklace is made up of many individual iron bottle tops, threaded together in the manner of nineteenth-century articulated snake necklaces, and with a similar degree of sinuousness and movement. The bottle tops, their functionality lost the moment the bottle has been opened, have been transformed into an elegant and clever piece of jewellery. The name ‘Q’ comes from the outline of the necklace with its curving tail (and as Hanagarth points out, in French ‘queue’ means ‘tail’ but is also a slang term for penis).

This necklace is one of forty-five pieces of jewellery given to the V&A from the collection of the late Louise Klapisch.

Physical description

Long, articulated necklace, the repeating ridged elements adapted from iron bottle tops which give the piece its grey-brown colouring. It divides to form a tail, also making the letter 'Q'.

Place of Origin

France (made)


2002 (made)


Hanagarth, Sophie (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Recycled beer bottle caps


Length: 854 mm, Depth: 13 mm

Descriptive line

Necklace of re-cycled bottle tops, designed and made by Sophie Hanagarth, France, 2002




Jewellery; Metalwork; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society


Metalwork Collection

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