Brooch

ca. 1855-73 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or as here nesting birds. The 'language of flowers' was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, used on this jewel, stood for true love.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, enamel, pearls and hair
Brief Description
Brooch, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs, and forget-me-nots, possibly made by Harry Emanuel of London, England, about 1855-73
Physical Description
Brooch, gold plaques decorated with composition of a bird, a nest with eggs ( pearls), and forget-me-nots ( enamelled in blue). Fitted with a locket back which contains a lock of hair.
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.5cm
  • Width: 4.1cm
  • Depth: 1.4cm
Credit line
Given by Miss Dorothy Simmons
Subjects depicted
Summary
In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or as here nesting birds. The 'language of flowers' was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, used on this jewel, stood for true love.
Collection
Accession Number
M.2-1965

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record createdAugust 19, 2005
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