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Brooch designed by René Lalique for Tiffany & Co., c.1895

René Lalique was Art Nouveau’s most important jeweller.

He developed a new stylistic language based on sinuous interpretations of natural forms, and championed non-precious materials such as enamel, glass and horn. The resulting pieces were both dramatic and ethereal, and had a profound influence on other jewellers who went on to work in the Art Nouveau style.

Made in about 1895, this diamond brooch shows Lalique’s developing interest in stylised motifs from nature. However, it was designed for Tiffany & Co. and perhaps as a result is realised in conventional diamonds.

Brooch, designed by René Lalique for Tiffany & Co., c.1895
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Museum number: M.140-2007 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2007

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