Brooch in two parts: flower and sparkling pink petal

This ornament consists of two brooches that can be worn either together or separately. The gold brooch on top is in the shape of an asymmetric, inverted triangle. Depicted in relief (repousse) on the soft, matte surface is a geranium blossom, its petals and stamens directed upwards. The stem, flanked by two leaves with scalloped borders, continues beyond the apex of the brooch and is highlighted by four bezel-set, pink sapphires.

The second brooch is composed of a vibrant, hot pink stone (cobalto calcite druse) bezel-set in silver. It is surmounted by a small stem from which two modelled leaves emerge. Four bezel-set gems (three pink and one green sapphire) are clustered at the top and when both brooches are worn the tips of the stems approximate one another, forming a continual, organic unit that is sensual and elegant.

Marks

Impressed LKP/14 K on reverse of top brooch; applied tab with an impressed LKP on reverse of bottom brooch; "Flower & THE SPARKLING/PINK PETAL/L.K.PRIEST" in the right bottom corner of the lexan mount

Provenance

2009, purchased by the donor from the artist; 2010, gift of Ms. Mary-Lark Dupont to the MFA (Accession date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary-Lark Dupont

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.

Brooch in two parts: flower and sparkling pink petal

Dimensions
Height x width x depth: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.3 cm (2 3/16 x 1 15/16 x 1/8 in.) top brooch Height x width x depth: 6.5 x 4.1 x 0.5 cm (2 9/16 x 1 5/8 x 3/16 in.) bottom brooch
Medium or Technique
Gold (14K), silver, sapphire (pink and green), and cobalto calcite druse
Classification
Jewelry / Adornment
Accession Number
2010.673.1-2
On view
Rosemary Merrill Loring and Caleb Loring, Jr. Gallery of Textiles - 276E

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