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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)
    Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Set with a circular agate, surrounded by three small pearl knobs, and with two pendant emeralds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Vivian Lobb

  • Museum number:

    M.20-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf C, box 6

May Morris was the daughter of the artist, designer and socialist William Morris. She was a talented embroideress and jeweller in her own right. May began to design jewellery around the turn of the 20th century. She was probably inspired by the Birmingham jewellers Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, who were old family friends. May used colourful stones, often cabochon-cut (dome-shaped), and drew upon the forms and decoration of European folk jewellery. Many Arts and Crafts jewellers worked in this style.

Physical description

Gold pin set with a rounded agate with three pearls around its edge, the upper of which forms the centre of a stylized flower. Two emerald drops hang on gold chains from the lower edge.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

about 1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)
Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Set with a circular agate, surrounded by three small pearl knobs, and with two pendant emeralds

Dimensions

Length: 3.12 in, Width: 0.75 in, Height: 8 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pin set with a circular agate, surrounded by three small pearl knobs and with two pendent emeralds. Designed and made by May Morris, around 1903.

Materials

Agate; Freshwater pearl; Emerald; Gold

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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