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The Blue Bird Brooch: M/P.2-1914

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The Blue Bird Brooch


Carlo & Arthur Giuliano (Maker)
Ricketts, Charles de Sousy (Designer)


Gold brooch in the shape of a blue bird on a spray of berries, enamelled and set with a garnet and coral

Gold, enamelled in translucent green, and opaque turquoise and green, and set with a cabochon garnet, and seven cabochon corals. In the shape of a bird on berried foliage, with a pin fastening across the back. The bird's eye is a cabochon garnet, and the berries are cabochon corals


History note: According to a note from Miss Janet Backhouse in 1971, the brooch was designed by Charles Ricketts for Miss Katherine H. Bradley (1846-1914).

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss K.H. Bradley

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.7 cm
Width: 4.8 cm

Relative size of this object

4.8 cm4.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1914) by Bradley, Katherine H., Miss


Victoria I
Production date: AD/CE 1899


According to a note from Miss Janet Backhouse in 1971, the brooch was designed by Charles Ricketts for Miss Katherine H. Bradley (1846-1914), and intended for her birthday on 12 January 1900. It was completed early and she was allowed to wear it on Christmas Day 1899. There are four versions of the brooch design in the Album of Designs for Jewellery by Ricketts in the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, 198 a 43, 1962.8.9.2 (7), (8), (9), and (10).

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of garnet ( 1 cabochon cut) coral ( 7 cabochon cut) enamels ( translucent green, and opaque turquoise and green) Brooch:

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.2-1914
Primary reference Number: 93549
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 17 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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