Wednesday 31 March, 2021

Goldsmiths' Company Collection acquires 'Gold Tipped Brooch' by Dorothy Hogg

Prior to the release of the annual acquisitions booklet, which documents the Company's pioneering support for contemporary makers through competitions, acquisitions and commissioning, the first of a series of special acquisitions from influential maker and educator Dorothy Hogg has been announced.

Speaking about the acquisition from the Scottish Gallery, Deputy Curator Dr Frances Parton said:

"We are absolutely thrilled to be adding Dorothy Hogg's stunning 'Gold Tipped' brooch to the Goldsmiths' Company Collection. In the strength and simplicity of its design and its carefully considered relationship to the wearer’s body, the Gold Tipped Brooch is a fabulous example of Dorothy’s exacting craftsmanship and her sublime mastery of the hollow form.

It will make a wonderful partner to her musical Bangle with 100 Rings, which is already a valued part of the Collection. The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection is a working collection of silver and jewellery; pieces are not only worn, used and exhibited but also used to teach and inspire apprentices and makers. Dorothy’s work is especially relevant to us in this sense as she is not only an extremely significant maker in her own right, but through her teaching she has inspired many other makers represented in the Collection."

Dorothy Hogg is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company who studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and was course leader of Jewellery & Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985 until 2007. In 2001 she was awarded an MBE for services to jewellery and silversmithing.

The 'Gold Tipped' brooch is a highlight of the 'The Brooch Unpinned' display at the Goldsmiths' Centre. Follow the button below to learn more about this special exhibition which features brooches from the Company Collection from 1961 to the present day.

Gold Tipped Brooch by Dorothy Hogg

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