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Brooch - Chrysanthemum


  • 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 gold leaf

  • 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

A brooch of sixteen stylised petals, made of oxidised silver covered with gold leaf, arranged four by four in a square. The petals are individually attached by a single pin to a lattice behind, enabling them a degree of movement. 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 gold leaf

Marks and inscriptions

AG and Edinburgh hallmark for 2017 on a circular plaque attached to the back of the lower left petal


Height: 64 mm, Width: 62 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

'Chrysanthemum' brooch (Autumn), oxidised silver with gold leaf, part of the set of brooches 'Four gentlemen of China' designed and made by Anna Gordon, Scotland 2017


Oxidised silver; Gold leaf


Jewellery; Metalwork; Botanical art


Metalwork Collection

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