Ring Brooch,

British or French

Brooches such as this were among the objects most frequently produced by goldsmiths. Simple and repetitive in design, the quality of these forms of adornment could vary widely. This is an example of a more finely wrought gold brooch. In addition to its comparatively lively, vegetal design, it is also embellished with semiprecious stones rather than glass paste.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Public Domain

Object Details

Date: 1250–1300

Culture: British or French

Medium: Gold, sapphire, garnet

Dimensions: Overall: 15/16 × 3/16 in. (2.4 × 0.4 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Gold

Credit Line: Gift of Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, 2013

Accession Number: 2013.453

Found in Ringwood, Hampshire, England (in 1995); Sotheby's, London (British)(July 6, 2007, lot 3); Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, New York (2007–2013)
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection," May 1–October 18, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jewelry: The Body Transformed," November 12, 2018–February 24, 2019.

European Sculpture and Works of Art. London: Sotheby's, July 6, 2007. no. 3, pp. 10–11.

Holcomb, Melanie, ed. Jewelry: The Body Transformed. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. no. 27, pp. 46, 263, pl. 27.