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Brooch and case - Palaces of the night

Palaces of the night

  • Object:

    Brooch and case

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watkins, David (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    The Louise Klapisch Collection, given by Suzanne Selvi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The ‘Palaces of the night’ series developed out of the wheel pins David Watkins had made in gold in the 1990s (see M.12-2010). By 2003 the forms are explored in titanium rather than gold, giving a greater delicacy and the potential for colour. The sprig of leaves and the ladder have been central motifs for Watkins, and in this layering of their outlines at the centre of the wheel he demonstrates his ability to work through a simple and familiar repertoire of forms to achieve a balanced and minimal complexity.

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

Physical description

A circular brooch of purple titanium, comprising the delicate layered outlines of a spoked wheel, a ladder, and a leafy stem. Two steel pins on the reverse face each other along opposite spokes. The case is of black card with the initials DW impressed on the lid.

Place of Origin

England (made)


2003 (made)


Watkins, David (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 110 mm brooch, Depth: 7 mm brooch, Height: 28 mm case, Width: 57 mm case, Depth: 57 mm case

Descriptive line

Brooch, titanium, designed and made by David Watkins, England 2003, with case of black cardboard inscribed DW


Titanium; Steel


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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