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Brooch with Four Eyes II: M.11 & A-2011

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Brooch with Four Eyes II


Paxon, Adam (Maker)


Thermo-formed and hand carved acrylic, lacquer and enamel mounted with steel pins

Thermo-formed and hand-carved acrylic, lacquer and enamel, mounted with steel pins


History note: Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London; exhibited, 6-9 May 2011at Collect 2011, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road, London SW3

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.5 cm
Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Keswick ⪼ Cumbria ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2011) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2010


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Adam Paxon studied at Middlesex University where a student placement with a prop maker first drew him to the qualities of plastic and its potential as a sculptural medium. He established his first studio in Glasgow in 1996 coming to early prominence through a richly inventive and skilfully fabricated series of plastic pins and brooches, which used hidden springs to animate forms when worn. His dexterous manipulation of plastic’s protean qualities in pursuit of sensual contemporary forms of jewellery has prompted an exceptional body of work leading to many international exhibitions and awards including the Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2002 and the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery in 2007. He relocated his studio to rural Cumbria in 2006. Described by the artist as ‘creatures to wear’, his jewels have a physical sensuality and erotic animation which make them masterpieces of modern adornment. ‘It is hard not to be mesmerised by the sheer imagination of Adam’s work. It is at once liminal and otherworldly, and yet it holds a physical wisdom that makes it both a joy to wear and to see. I am drawn to the intelligence of the work, and the use of material, colour and weight.’ Roanne Dods, Director, Small is Beautiful and Imagination: Scotland’s First Festival of Ideas, and Founding Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, 1998–2009.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer enamel Fastener Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Thermo-forming Carving

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11 & A-2011
Primary reference Number: 185589
Entry Form Number: 1053
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 October 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

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

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