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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum, gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, common light opal, moonstones and sapphires

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    M.132-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 31, shelf A, box 7

The motif on the central mother of pearl panel of this brooch appears to have been inspired by a rug design, possibly of American Indian or South American origin. Simple rug designs, with their flat, stepped geometric patterns fit well with the principles of Art Deco but appear to have been used only very rarely as a design source for jewellery.

Physical description

Rectangular brooch, the central mother-of-pearl plaque has geometric decoration and is framed with diamonds. At each end are sapphire-topped moonstone columns.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1920-1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Platinum, gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, common light opal, moonstones and sapphires

Dimensions

Height: 5.1 cm, Width: 2.75 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of platinum and gold set with diamonds, mother-of-pearl, opal, moonstones and sapphires, made in France, 1920-1930.

Materials

Platinum; Gold; Diamond; Mother of pearl; Opal; Moonstone; Sapphire

Techniques

Stone cutting; Stone setting

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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