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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Necklace

ca. 1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The New York firm of Marcus & Co. were one of America’s most important producers of fine Art Nouveau jewellery. The firm was founded by William Marcus, whose father Herman had worked with Charles Tiffany. Herman Marcus joined his son’s business around 1900, bringing with him an interest in European art and design which inspired a range of Art Nouveau jewels.

Many sections of the American jewellery market were unsure of the new Art Nouveau style which had originated in a more bohemian Europe. In 1901 the Jewellers’ Circular and Horological Review commented that perhaps it was ‘more fitted for the case of the collector than for wear…’.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled gold, set with opals
Brief Description
Necklace of enamelled gold, set with opals, made by Marcus & Co., New York, about 1900.
Physical Description
Necklace of enamelled gold, set with opals
Dimensions
  • Height: 13.8cm
  • Width: 10.8cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Summary
The New York firm of Marcus & Co. were one of America’s most important producers of fine Art Nouveau jewellery. The firm was founded by William Marcus, whose father Herman had worked with Charles Tiffany. Herman Marcus joined his son’s business around 1900, bringing with him an interest in European art and design which inspired a range of Art Nouveau jewels.



Many sections of the American jewellery market were unsure of the new Art Nouveau style which had originated in a more bohemian Europe. In 1901 the Jewellers’ Circular and Horological Review commented that perhaps it was ‘more fitted for the case of the collector than for wear…’.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS 310-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 256 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.197-2007

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record createdJanuary 24, 2008
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