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Bloomed and chased three-colour gold brooch in the form of a geranium leaf with a flower and a butterfly set with pearls, rubies and emeralds perched on the left-hand edge.
- Production date
Length: 4.10 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- In the catalogue the geranium leaf was described as a vine-leaf.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 131 p.174. Caption: ‘jewels in coloured gold and stones imitating nature. European, 1840–70. . . . the zonal pelargonium leaf has markings in three colours of gold and a pearl and gem-set butterfly alighted on it.’
The pelargonium, a native of South Africa, is not reliably frost-hardy and was therefore popular for the Victorian conservatory, particularly in the forms with leaf-markings of the type imitated in this brooch. The conservatory, with its hothouse exotics, was used as a metaphor for femininity by the Victorians. (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- D & B Dickinson, 22 & 22A New Bond Street, Bath. Original invoice for £35 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 18.4.1973, described as 'Leaf spray brooch with butterfly'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.909 (masterlist number)