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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (Gullane, East Lothian, made)

  • Date:

    2017 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gordon, Anna (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oxidised silver with stainless steel pin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee

Anna Gordon’s approach to jewellery is one of calm and measured minimalism. She is, she explains ‘interested in drawing and the quality of the drawn line’, and sees her jewellery as ‘a sketch on the body… often with an element of movement’. In this set of four brooches the linear focus of her early work remains present in the tightly controlled structure of the pieces, while her fascination with pattern created from repeating elements is explored anew through abstracted forms from nature.
The plants chosen for this series of four brooches are those referred to in Chinese art as the Four Gentlemen: orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum blossom.

Physical description

Rectangular panel made up of eighteen narrow tubular forms, arranged vertically and each with an opening along its length where the edges curl together but do not quite meet. The silver is oxidised to a dark grey and its surface is subtly textured with soft horizontal banding. Each tube is fixed at its mid point to a supporting horizontal rod at the back but is otherwise free to move slightly, with the exception of the two end ones which are held rigid by two further horizontal rods. A steel pin with two prongs attaches at the back.

Place of Origin

Scotland (Gullane, East Lothian, made)


2017 (made)


Gordon, Anna (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Oxidised silver with stainless steel pin

Marks and inscriptions

AG and Edinburgh hallmark for 2017 on the back of the second tube from the end (pin end)


Height: 63.5 mm, Width: 59 mm, Depth: 8 mm

Object history note

Exhibited at Contemporary Applied Art, London in the exhibition 'Bloomin' Jewels' curated by Corinne Julius, 27 April - 3 June 2017

Descriptive line

'Orchid' brooch (Spring), oxidised silver, part of the set of brooches 'Four gentlemen of China' designed and made by Anna Gordon, Scotland 2017


Oxidised silver; Stainless steel

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Botanical art


Metalwork Collection

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