- Museum number
Gold brooch in the form of a swan, the body a 'baroque' pearl, set with diamonds and sapphires for the neck, with an enamelled beak and feet and a black pendant pearl. Stamped with a designer's mark, warranty mark and maker's mark. Image at bottom.
- Production date
- 1950 (circa)
Height: 3.10 centimetres (including pendant)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al) no. 1188:
Born in Palermo, Verdura started to design jewellery with semi-precious stones and enamel in the 1930s. In 1937 he started work in America, opening his New York shop on Fifth Avenue in 1939, and in 1947 opened his Paris shop in the rue Boissy d'Anglas. A similar brooch using 'baroque' pearls and diamonds, in the form of a stag with gold coronet round its neck, is illustrated in Hughes 1963 (pl. 283). Verdura is noted for his individual pieces of the highest quality, using lavish materials. (Charlotte Gere).
- On display (G2/wp50)
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.1010 (masterlist number)