William and Judith Bollinger Gallery



2015-06-26 10:35:25

The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery is a large collection of jewellery displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in South Kensington, London, and was founded in 1852.

The museum website describes it as “the world's greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity."

The museum has “3000 years' worth of amazing artifacts from many of the world's richest cultures”, according to the website.

It received 2,269,880 visitors in 2009.

The collection

The jewellery collection of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery consists of 3,500 pieces and is described by the museum as “one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world.”

The collection focuses on European jewellery from the last 800 years.

Included are the jewelled pendants gifted by Queen Elizabeth I to her courtiers, alongside diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia.

Also included are the Beauharnais Emeralds, a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to his adopted daughter, and tiaras and ornaments worn by Empress Josephine.

A highlight is Lady Mountbatten's 'tutti frutti' bandeau. Bought from Cartier in 1928, the piece consists of rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.

The website also describes other notable pieces including a ‘Thistles’ corsage ornament, created in 1905 by Réné Lalique, two diamond tiaras by Cartier, a rare plique-à-jour enamel and pearl bracelet by Boucheron and a gold, ruby and diamond Chaumet bangle.

The collection also includes objects by Fabergé, such as an enamelled snuff box with the diamond monogram of Tsar Nicholas II.

The website states that “over 140 living goldsmiths and jewellers are represented in the gallery.”

Such contemporary work includes ring sets by Wendy Ramshaw, a carved pin in recycled acrylic by Peter Chang and a papier-mâché neckpiece by Marjorie Schick.

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