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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1889 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maison Fonsèque and Olive (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, silver, rose cut diamonds and glass

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    M.88-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf A, box 9

This brooch is very similar in design to that of a grapes brooch by the firm of Fonsèque and Olive. Olive, who had worked for the renowned Parisian goldsmith and jeweller, Lucien Falize, went into partnership with the jeweller M. Fonsèque in 1885. Olive's designs, such as the coffee bean brooch and the grapes brooch of 1889 were very popular for a number of years and it was his ingenuity in design which led to the firm's success.

Physical description

Brooch in the form of green glass grapes on a branch of silver backed in gold with rose-cut diamonds.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1889 (made)

Artist/maker

Maison Fonsèque and Olive (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, silver, rose cut diamonds and glass

Dimensions

Length: 3.4 cm, Width: 2.6 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch in the form of grapes; glass and rose-cut diamonds set in silver backed with gold; possibly by Fonsèque and Olive, Paris, ca. 1889.

Materials

Gold; Silver; Diamond; Glass

Subjects depicted

Grapes

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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