Peacock Brooch
Date: c. 1902
Medium: Gold with polychrome enamel, opal, pearls, turquoise, brilliants, and ruby
Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 2 in. (11.4 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H. W. Janson, 1976
Object Number: 1976-35
About: In 1888, Charles Robert Ashbee established the Guild of Handicraft, in Whitechapel, London, specializing in silver and metalwork. Ashbee was clearly responding to the call for handcrafts espoused by both John Ruskin and William Morris. In 1902, he moved the Guild to the rural Cotswolds, to escape the ugliness of urban life and embrace a more commune-like lifestyle.
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