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Pendant
  • Pendant
    Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934
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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1890-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-wrough iron wire and shell

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Sigismund Goetze in the name of the artist

  • Museum number:

    M.82-1934

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf A, box 7

Sir Alfred Gilbert was one of turn-of-the-century Britain's most prominent sculptors. His most famous public work is Eros in Piccadilly circus, London. Eros is made of aluminium, and Gilbert's interest in experimenting with metal also led him to design highly distinctive pieces of jewellery. Many of these used wire, set with inexpensive materials such as glass, shell, or semi-precious stones. Their spontaneous and informal appearance reflects the fact that Gilbert's jewellery was often made on the spur of the moment for friends or family.

Gilbert did occasionally create formal jewels, which showcased his unusual style in more precious materials. These included a mayoral chain for the town of Preston and a presidential badge and chain for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, of which he was a member.

Physical description

Pendant of iron wire and shell, designed and made by Sir Alfred Gilbert, England, probably 1890-1910

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1890-1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-wrough iron wire and shell

Dimensions

Height: 6.1 cm, Width: 3.0 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant of iron wire and shell, designed and made by Sir Alfred Gilbert, England, probably 1890-1910

Materials

Iron; Shell

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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