Robert Adams

Brooch, made by H.J. Co. Ltd.

1961

18 carat gold, assembled from different units, set with three coloured diamonds.  

Adams, described by Brian Glasser in 1993 as “the neglected genius of post-war British sculpture”, usually worked on an architectural scale, designing an abstract cast concrete relief for the Opera House at Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1959 and exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1952 and 1962. He made very few jewellery designs, usually in silver. There are five brooches in the Collection designed by Adams in 1961. One takes the form of a silver-gilt crumpled rectangle, giving an impression of softness and movement to the hard metal. This brooch, together with that by Bernard Meadows, won joint third prize at the De Beers British Jewellery Competition. Examples were given by H.J. Company Ltd to the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as the Goldsmiths’ Company.

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