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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wièse, Louis, born 1852 - died 1923 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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 21, shelf D, box 8

This brooch, in the shape of a Greek pediment, looks to the architecture of the ancient world for inspiration. The women depicted under the pediment may be intended to represent The Three Graces who were the daughters of the Greek God Zeus and companions to the Muses. They were associated with attributes such as mirth, elegance, youth and beauty.

Louis Wièse, who made this piece, and his father Jules ran an outstanding firm of jewellers in Paris. They specialised in works inspired by archaeological finds, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Physical description

Brooch in the shape of a Greek pediment

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca. 1890 (made)


Wièse, Louis, born 1852 - died 1923 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 40 mm, Width: 42 mm

Descriptive line

Gold brooch in the shape of a Greek pediment, Louis Wièse, Paris, ca. 1890.






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