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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    1840-1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, set with glass

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by May Morris

  • Museum number:

    M.40-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf C, box 2

Jane Morris, known as Janey, was the wife of the artist, designer and socialist William Morris. She was often painted by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who gave her this brooch. During the 1860s Rossetti visited the curiosity shops around Leicester Square and Hammersmith, collecting exotic jewellery and accessories for his paintings. This brooch is set with pastes (artificial gemstones). Fanny Cornforth wore it as a pendant in the The Blue Bower, painted by Rossetti in 1865.
Some of Jane Morris's jewels were bequeathed to the V&A by her daughter May in 1938. They included items given to her by Rossetti, such as this brooch.

Physical description

In the shape of a heart, the two upper pastes are pink and the lower one green. Between them are small silver flowers and leaves.

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)

Date

1840-1865 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, set with glass

Dimensions

Height: 1.375 in, Width: 1.125 in, Height: 3.4 cm, Width: 2.9 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

The brooch was worn as a pendant by Rossetti's housekeeper and model, Fanny Cornforth, in The Blue Bower, (1865).

Descriptive line

Paste-set silver brooch in the shape of a heart. West European, mid-nineteenth century. Given by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Janey Morris.

Production Note

West European

Materials

Silver; Glass

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Heart

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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