Thomas SCANLAN | Swan brooch

1860 – Australia

Swan brooch 1894-1905
15 carat gold, blue stone (sapphire?), pearl
stamped on verso;
15ct/S/swan mark
2.3 (h) x 5.8 (w) cm
Purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2010.312


Western Australian goldfields and goldmining subject matter pervade this group of jewellery, contributing to its importance as a document of regional fervour, aspiration and achievement during the State’s prosperous pre- and post-Federation periods. This group of works represents some of the main jewellers working as goldsmiths and retailing in Western Australia from the 1890s, revealing their accomplished craft skills and business acumen. Many set up premises on the Western Australian goldfields during the goldrushes of the 1890s.

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