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  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum, diamonds, carved coral and nephrite jade, black onyx and enamel

  • 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 31, shelf A, box 8

Stylized baskets of flowers were popular motifs for brooches during the 1920s. The angularity of much Art Deco was replaced with a softer line, although representation remained rather two-dimensional. These colourful pieces drew on a wide range of coloured gemstones and hardstones, or in this case coral and jade combined with the fashionable contrast of black and white.

Physical description

Brooch in the form of a vase of flowers, the vase set with diamonds, the flowers of coral with nephrite leaves

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)


ca. 1925 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Platinum, diamonds, carved coral and nephrite jade, black onyx and enamel


Height: 4.2 cm, Width: 3.0 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of enamelled platinum, set with diamonds, black onyx, carved coral and nephrite jade. Possibly made in France, about 1925.


Platinum; Enamel; Diamond; Onyx; Coral; Jade


Enamelling; Carving; Stone setting; Stone cutting

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Basket


Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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