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Brooch

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs Ernest Schwaiger

  • Museum number:

    M.36&A-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 31, shelf B, box 7 []

Dense concentrations of precious stones were characteristic of the jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. They were ranked together in geometric patterns and held by the most delicate and discreet platinum settings.

This brooch, in the form of a clip, was commissioned by Ernest Schwaiger for his wife, the actor Adele Dixon (1908-1992).

She was best known for appearing in West End and Broadway musicals and British musical films of the 1930s and 40s. She also had the honour of being the first performer in the original BBC high-definition television broadcast in London on 2 November, 1936. She performed a speciallly commissioned song called 'Television' whose first verses went:

'A mighty maze of mystic, magic rays
Is all about us in the blue,
And in sight and sound they trace
Living pictures out of space
To bring a new wonder to you'

Ernest Schwaiger worked for the firm of Cartier which was founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847 and became one of the most glamorous jewellery firms of the twentieth century.

Object history note

Commissioned for his wife, the actress Adele Dixon, by Ernest Schwaiger, who worked for Cartier, London.

Descriptive line

Diamond and platinum clip by Cartier, made in England, London, 1940

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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