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  • Place of origin:

    St Petersburg (made)

  • Date:

    1895-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    August Hollming (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, diamonds and cabochon sapphires

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This brooch shows the influence of the Art Nouveau style in Russian jewellery. It has the mark of August Hollming, one of the many Finnish craftsmen working in pre-revolutionary Russia, best known as one of Fabergé's workmasters. The gold is also stamped 56 [zolotniki], the equivalent standard of 14 carat gold.

Physical description

Circular brooch consisting of an sinuous gold stem which twines around a central cluster of three cabochon sapphire and diamond buds.

Place of Origin

St Petersburg (made)


1895-1899 (made)


August Hollming (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, diamonds and cabochon sapphires

Marks and inscriptions

A.H and crossed anchors for St Petersburg pre-1899
On the pin

56 and crossed anchors for St Petersburg pre-1899
on catch


Height: 34 mm, Width: 32 mm, Depth: 7 mm

Descriptive line

Circular knot of gold centred by three cabochon sapphires issuing as buds from rose-cut diamond settings. By August Hollming, St Petersburg, 1895-1899.


Gold; Diamonds; Sapphires


Stone setting


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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