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Brooch: M.4-1970

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Stein, Leo (Probably)




Red coral in an oval cast silver setting with a pin fastening on the back


History note: Worn by Gertrude Stein in the Picasso portrait; Mrs Louis Hayden Taylor (d. 1977)

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Louise Hayden Taylor

Measurements and weight

Length: 3.8 cm
Width: 3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1970-12-03) by Taylor, Louise Haydon, Mrs


20th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 1900


This brooch is the one worn by Gertrude Stein in the portrait by Picasso of 1906. When accessioned the brooch was said to be 'by Leo Stein'. It has been suggested that it might have been by her other brother, Michael Stein,who set up a jewellery business in Paris possibly as early as 1906 and certainly operating in 1908 and 1909. Gertrude Stein was wearing it when she met Alice B. Toklas for the first time in September 1907. However, see Ramage, 2010 who notes that the brooch was already in existence by 1903, and is therefore more likely to have been by Leo Stein.

Components of the work

Centre composed of coral
Setting composed of silver

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1970
Primary reference Number: 81968
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 October 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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