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Buckle and Belt Tag

ca. 1905 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Henry Wilson was an architect, sculptor, metalworker and jeweller. He produced perhaps the most accomplished of all Arts and Crafts jewellery. A fellow artist-jeweller wrote to him: 'I simply can't understand how you can do such wonderful work. Apart altogether from the beauty of the designs and colour, the making of the things beats everything.'

Wilson championed the simple polished stone, which he felt preserved its 'mysterious magical quality' against modern geometric and faceted gems.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Buckle
  • Buckle
  • Belt-Tag
Materials and Techniques
Silver, cast, chased, enamelled and mounted with cabochon-cut stones
Brief Description
Silver buckle and belt tag, decorated with enamel, moonstones, amethysts and other stones, and mounted with cast roundels of stags and birds, designed by Henry Wilson, around 1905
Physical Description
Silver buckle and belt tag decorated with enamel and set with moonstones, amethysts and other stones, cast roundels of stags and birds.
Dimensions
  • Buckle height: 15.5cm
Style
Credit line
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum
Production
This buckle and belt tag was designed by Henry Wilson and probably made at his London workshop
Subjects depicted
Summary
Henry Wilson was an architect, sculptor, metalworker and jeweller. He produced perhaps the most accomplished of all Arts and Crafts jewellery. A fellow artist-jeweller wrote to him: 'I simply can't understand how you can do such wonderful work. Apart altogether from the beauty of the designs and colour, the making of the things beats everything.'



Wilson championed the simple polished stone, which he felt preserved its 'mysterious magical quality' against modern geometric and faceted gems.
Bibliographic Reference
Fondevila, M. and M. Doñate, eds. Joyas de artista: del modernismo a la vanguardia. Barcelona: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. p. 89, no. 48. ISBN 9788480432252
Other Number
LOAN:MORSE.1:1 to 2 - Previous loan number
Collection
Accession Number
M.5:1 to 3-2002

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record createdAugust 16, 2002
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