Willow Pattern Pendant - Jane de Baecke

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Artist Statement

Jane de Baecke

The V&A has been a never-ending source of inspiration for me, no matter how often I visit there is always something new to discover. This neck piece is primarily inspired by English Willow Pattern ceramics and the love story associated with them, which in it's turn was inspired by the blue and white ceramics of China. The piece has also used ideas taken from the Japanese and Nehru Galleries. In the same way that walking around the museum reveals new and diverse sources of inspiration this piece tries to reveal, through the use of layers and different materials, different aspects of the love story of Koong-se. Like the Jali's, the pierced decorative stonework in the Nehru gallery, you peer through the layers to uncover the story.
The top layer is pierced and etched copper through which you can see the image of Koong-se trapped inside her father's palace. The imagery of the fence, the bridge and willow tree is taken from a Willow pattern plate. If you turn over the piece you look through the etched copper plate, again influenced by the decoration on the rim of the Willow Pattern plate, to see Koong-se's image trapped below the blue resin pool. On a blue cord above the piece are the two lovers transformed into etched copper doves finally flying free. The piece is joined together with silk cord with etched silver caps inspired by the way the sections of Japanese Inro are joined together. I have tried to incorporate different materials in the piece, metal, resin, paper, and silk cord to reflect the diversity of materials found in the museum.

Willow Pattern Pendant - Jane de Baecke

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:


Willow-pattern plate

Stoke-on-Trent, England (made)

1800-1820 (made)

Spode (maker)

Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze blue

V&A collection reference number(s):
C847-1925, C300-2009, C303-2009, W173-1922, IS1031-1883

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