- Museum number
Bloomed and chased two-colour gold brooch set with pearls in the form of a fruiting vine. In the original unlabelled retailer's case.
- Production date
Width: 7.35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also 1978,1002.848.b-d.
Text from the Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no.689:
Brooches of this type were shown at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, as 'a new and ingenius [sic] brooch by Messrs Benson of 63 Cornhill'. Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue, p. 95
Information supplementary to Gere et al 1984:
See J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery at the Great Exhibition' in 'The Legacy of the Great Exhibition', Prince Albert Studies 20, Bayreuth 2002, pgs 69-82. Fig.2.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 207 p.253. Caption: ‘London 1851: vine brooch by J.W. Benson from the Illustrated Exhibitor, with an actual example in coloured gold and pearls. The brooch English about 1850.’
The many surviving examples of these vine brooches in two different sizes are an indication of their popular success in the market. The two sizes may have been worn together the larger above a smaller one. (Charlotte Gere)
For two closely similar brooches, see Sotheby's London, 11 December 2012, 'The Jewellery Collection of the late Michael Welby', lot 67, with matching bracelet and earrings.
- On display (G2/wp50)
- Exhibition history
2010 11 May-14 Aug, London, British Museum (G90), 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria'
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.848a (masterlist number)