John Brogden’s Victorian Jewelry Designs at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

John Brogden’s Victorian Jewelry Designs at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Showcasing designs that reveal the jewelry fashions of the 1840s to the 1880s, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibition titled “Exquisite Artistry: Victorian Jewellery Designs by the firm of John Brogden.” Drawn from the museum’s own collection, the works are on view through November 17. 

John Brogden was a Victorian-era jewelry maker. Besides exhibiting jewelry at the 1851 Great Exhibition, Brogden won awards at various exhibitions in Paris and London from the 1850s to the 1870s. His designs were inspired by archaeological and Renaissance objects and he enjoyed royal patronage.

According to the museum, “Among the V&A’s rich collection of design drawings are over 1,500 designs for jewellery and goldsmiths’ work by the celebrated firm of John Brogden. Renowned for their outstanding goldwork, the firm produced pieces in an eclectic range of styles using highly sophisticated techniques to satisfy the demanding and discerning 19th-century consumer market.”

Founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, and houses a permanent collection of over 2 million objects.

 

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