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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with freshwater pearls, diamonds and demantoid garnets

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    M.207-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 26, shelf D, box 8

The scrolling lines of this brooch combine historical, rococo elements with the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau. Such a combination may have been especially well received in America, where many did not react favourably to Art Nouveau’s wilder statements: In 1901 the Jewellers’ Circular and Horological Review commented that some pieces of Art Nouveau jewellery were perhaps ‘more fitted for the case of the collector than for wear…’.

The American market did appreciate the use of vibrantly coloured gemstones, like these demantoid garnets. Gems sourced from the United States itself were particularly popular.

Physical description

Gold brooch set with freshwater pearls, diamonds and demantoid garnets

Place of Origin

USA (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with freshwater pearls, diamonds and demantoid garnets

Dimensions

Height: 3.9 cm, Width: 3.8 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of gold set with freshwater pearls, diamonds and demantoid garnets, made in the USA, about 1900.

Materials

Gold; Pearl; Diamond; Garnet

Categories

Accessories; Metalwork; Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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