Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mastery of Design: An Edith and Nelson Dawson Brooch, 1900

Edith and Nelson Dawson
The Victoria & Albert Museum

We’ve looked at several examples of the fine enameled jewelry created in the early Twentieth Century by Nelson Dawson and his wife Edith, a watercolorist. The duo first exhibited their handsome jewelry in 1899 and earned raves for their subtle botanical themes. 

This brooch with its silver openwork and enameled floral plaque is a great example of their work. Made in 1900, the silver frame of the brooch is set with amethysts which compliment the stylized iris on the enamel inset. The soft, natural feel of this brooch neatly summarizes the Dawsons’ aesthetic.

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