12 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Palm Leaf vs Greville Scroll


Two brooches from the Queen Mum's collection face off in this contest!



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The Queen Mother's Palm Leaf Brooch vs. The Greville Scroll Brooch


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The Queen Mother commissioned Cartier to make the Palm Leaf brooch for her in 1938. The brooch features a classic Indian palm leaf motif, which has also become very recognizable as part of the famous paisley print produced in Scotland. The brooch was one of the Queen Mum's favorites, and it has now also become a favorite of the Queen, who inherited it from her mother in 2002.


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The Greville Scroll Brooch

This petite diamond and pearl scroll brooch was a part of the bequest from Mrs. Greville to the Queen Mother in 1942. Mrs. Greville commissioned the Art Deco brooch from Cartier in 1929. The Queen inherited it from her mother in 2002, and she wears it occasionally now -- usually upside down, with the drop pearl pointing upward!




More brooches coming your way later today!