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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    2013 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Siemund, Vera, born 1971 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, enamel and steel

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 44, shelf B, box 2

Architecture, which Vera Siemund has described as as ‘an inexhaustible source of inspiration’ provides the structure and outline of this complex piece. The pierced steel tracery delineates the floorplan of the church of Saint Nicolai in Lüneberg, while the towers of the backplate, angled obliquely, are those of Reims Cathedral. In contrast the green ribbed cylinder was inspired by a 1970s lampshade. Of quasi-architectural form it fits well with the overall theme. The mysterious face gazing through the grille (adapted from Anton Josef Trcka’s photograph of three women, c.1913) introduces a human dimension, and is intended to suggest an atmosphere of melancholy and aloofness.

Physical description

The brooch consists of thee layered elements: the profile of the backplate shows the west end of a gothic cathedral, angled obliquely and with a shadowy face enamelled in green on black on its surface; attached in front and diverging from this is a larger panel of blackened steel pierced with a geometric design resembling an architectural floorplan; and to this is clipped a symmetrical ribbed cylinder, four tiers deep and widest at its centre, enamelled green. A double pin attaches at the back.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


2013 (made)


Siemund, Vera, born 1971 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Copper, enamel and steel


Height: 125 mm, Width: 75 mm, Depth: 57 mm

Object history note

purchased from Galerie Marzee at COLLECT 2015

Descriptive line

Brooch of enamelled copper, designed and made by Vera Siemund, Germany, 2013


Copper; Enamel; Steel


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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