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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fouquet, Georges, born 1862 - died 1957 (maker)
    Desrosiers, Charles (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and enamel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 25, shelf D, box 4

This brooch combines the 'wavy line' and the inspiration of flowers and insects - all typical features of Art Nouveau jewellery. It was acquired by the Museum directly from the Salon de la Société des Artistes in Paris in 1901. The Director of the V&A at the time commented on its relevance to art and design students 'as illustrating modern techniques in adapting various materials to new developments of ornamental design'.

Physical description

Large brooch of gold and enamel in the form of a hornet hovering by a flower, the stem of the flower curves back on itself then swirls into the distance.

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris (made)


1901 (made)


Fouquet, Georges, born 1862 - died 1957 (maker)
Desrosiers, Charles (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Gold and enamel

Marks and inscriptions

C. DeROSIeRS 1901
Makers's and designer's marks; On reverse; Engraved
Paris warranty mark for 1847 onwards


Length: 13 cm, Height: 6.1 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the Museum at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français, Paris, 1901

Descriptive line

Gold and enamel brooch in the shape of a flower and hornet, made by Georges Fouquet and designed by Charles Desrosiers, France, Paris, 1901

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000


Gold; Enamel



Subjects depicted

Hornet; Flower


Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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