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Earrings

Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flöckinger, Gerda CBE, born 1927 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and pearls

  • Museum number:

    M.297&A-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Austrian by birth, Gerda Flöckinger emigrated to England as a child. She studied fine art, followed by jewellery and enamelling, and in 1956 took the then-unusual decision to become an independent designer and maker. She established the pioneering course in experimental jewellery at Hornsey College of Art in 1962 and became a key figure in the flowering of British artist-jewellery. Flöckinger was the first contemporary jeweller to have her own exhibition at the V&A, in 1971.

Flöckinger's early work was distinguished by strong abstract forms with flat, polished surfaces. This gave way in the 1960s to organic, molten swirls of fused gold or silver set with glowing gemstones or subtly shaded pearls, a distinctive combination that has come to typify her work. Characteristic is the rich surface textures she achieves, often enhanced by swirls and grains on the molten surface.

Physical description

Roundels of oxidised silver with applied gold, asymmetrically decorated with tracks and rings of silver and two or three diamonds. A grey pearl dangles from each roundel, held by a silver wire with a small diamond set at the base.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Flöckinger, Gerda CBE, born 1927 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and pearls

Dimensions

Height: 3 cm, Width: 2.1 cm

Object history note

Designed especially for the 'Loot' exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall 1975, and purchased from the exhibition.

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings in oxidised silver, gold, pearls and diamonds, by Gerda Flöckinger, 1975.

Materials

Silver; Gold; Cultured pearls; Brilliant cut diamonds

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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