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Pair of napkin rings

Pair of napkin rings

  • Place of origin:

    Wellington (designed and made)

  • Date:

    ca.1927 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Littlejohn and Sons (maker and retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade with silver mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs B.W. Robinson

  • Museum number:

    M.72-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The napkin rings in a self conscious `Art Deco' style were designed and made in New Zealand and are an interesting illustration of an Empire interpretation of a European fashion.

Physical description

The napkin rings form an equilateral triangle; each side is made up of three short greenstone bars connected to the other two by an angular joint of silver. The silver mounts which hold the bars return at a 45° angle. The bars are of New Zealand nephrite jade known locally as greenstone.

Place of Origin

Wellington (designed and made)

Date

ca.1927 (designed and made)

Artist/maker

William Littlejohn and Sons (maker and retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade with silver mounts

Marks and inscriptions

SILVER
Stamped on the silver mounts

Dimensions

Height: 5 cm, Width: 6 cm

Object history note

These napkin rings were inherited by the donor who has an extensive network of family relations in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mrs Robinson is the widow of a former Keeper of Metalwork, Basil Robinson (1912-2005) who joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1939, was Keeper of Metalwork, 1966-1972 and Keeper Emeritus of the Far Eastern Department, 1971-1976.

Descriptive line

Pair of napkin rings, greenstone (nephrite jade) with silver mounts, New Zealand, Wellington. William Littlejohn and Sons, ca.1927

Materials

Jade; Silver

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Metalwork; Silver; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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