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  • Place of origin:

    New York (City) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marcus & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, set with opals

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 26, shelf D, box 6

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…’.

Physical description

Necklace of enamelled gold, set with opals

Place of Origin

New York (City) (made)


ca. 1900 (made)


Marcus & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, set with opals


Height: 13.8 cm, Width: 10.8 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace of enamelled gold, set with opals, made by Marcus & Co., New York, about 1900.


Gold; Enamel; Opal




Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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