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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003-2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vilhena, Manuel (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, nickel and iron

  • Credit Line:

    Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This piece is part of the Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection. Every year from 1987 to 2006, while David Watkins was Professor of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the RCA, he invited four jewellers and silversmiths from outside Britain to give a week-long masterclass. The artists brought diverse skills, aesthetics and approaches. The first call on their time was to interact closely with the students. In addition, although concentrating on their teaching and working in an unfamiliar studio, each artist generously made an object for the RCA's collection. The Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection, now transferred to the V&A, is a major document of international contemporary jewellery, a tribute both to the artists and to the vibrancy of the RCA as a teaching institution.

Manuel Vilhena studied at Sir John Cass School of Art, London (1988-9); Fachhochschule in Cologne (1991), and the Royal College of Art, London (1993-8).
Vilhena likes to use any materials that he happens to come across and transform them into objects to be worn. At the same time these are works of art in their own right. In his work Vilhena often poses the question: is it art or jewellery?

Physical description

The brooch fastens with a simple wire pin with spiral decoration along the outer edge. From this hang two large wire rings connected by a black bead with two loops. From the lower, larger ring hangs a roughly circular pendant made of three pieces of wood, stained deep red and assembled using two iron screws and two metal pins.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003-2004 (made)


Vilhena, Manuel (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, nickel and iron

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 6.7 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Wood, nickel and iron, London, 2003-04, designed and made by Manuel Vilhena.


Wood; Nickel; Iron


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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