Stalking the Belle Époque
Join me on my search for all things fine, gracious, grand and glorious. We are awash in rudeness, garishness and sloth. Together, let's look for the beautiful things that still remain. Yes, we'll focus quite a lot on The Victorian and the Edwardian. However, our goal is to find the beauty that seems to be missing in all aspects of our lives. Maybe, together, we can start a new Belle Époque.
Mastery of Design: The Templier Bar Brooch, 1930
Brooch Raymond Templier, 1930 The Victoria & Albert Museum The Parisian jeweler Raymond Templier (1891-1968) was one of an elite group of Art Deco designers who helped proliferate a geometric style that looked towards Cubism and eventually defined the look of the era. In 1930 , Templier remarked in the “Goldsmiths' Journal,” “As I walk in the streets I see ideas for jewellery everywhere, the wheels, the cars, the machinery of today.” This inspiration is obvious in his work which relies on…
The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert
Descriptions of The British Museums and the V&A, two of London's best free museumsalong with the fabulous treasure you can find in them.
Watch | Van Ceulen, Oosterwyk | V&A Explore The Collections
Silver watch, signed 'A Osterwyk Van Ceulen, Amsterdam', with a casemaker's mark 'PI', Holland, early 18th century
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Diadem | Castellani | V&A Explore The Collections
Antique Tiara, Italy (19th c.; made by Alessandro Castellani; pearls, glass, enamel, gold). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Seal and Case | Unknown | V&A Explore The Collections
Sapphire seal engraved with the arms of Knyvett and mounted in enamelled gold, with a gold case, also enamelled, England, ca.1580
Mirror | Unknown | V&A Explore The Collections
A pier glass of rococo form and ornament, consisting of a single, shaped plate, framed by smaller border plates with engraved ornament, set between carved and gilded pinewood framing sections.
Playing with dolls? • V&A Blog
As part of my Heritage Lottery Fund/Institute of Conservation Internship at the V&A, I’ve been working with Furniture Conservation preparing ‘Small Stories: Dolls Houses and the History of the Home’ , an exhibition that opens...
Pomander | Unknown | V&A Explore The Collections
Pomander, of gold openwork, enamelled in pale-blue and white, decorated and hung with pearls, probably German, early 17th century
Materials and Colour in Costume Design
Theatrical costumes do not have to use expensive materials to create the illusion of grandeur. In the 18th century materials were stiffened with paper, and tinsel became decoration. Jewels were glass backed with cardboard. Since the 1930s, makers have used everything from industrial products to household objects.