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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 opal

  • 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 7

The vivid colours of this brooch reflect the preference for brightly hued stones and enamel found in both Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau jewels. It was made by the New York firm of Marcus & Co., which was 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.

Physical description

Enamelled gold brooch set with opal.

Place of Origin

New York (City) (made)


ca. 1900 (made)


Marcus & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold set with opal


Height: 3.6 cm, Width: 4.2 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of enamelled gold set with an opal, made by Marcus & Co., New York, about 1900.


Gold; Enamel; Opal




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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