Posted 2 years ago
A lovely George Hunt Arts & Crafts silver pendant/necklace set with a large, domed, stained agate (chrysoprase), moonstones, an agate cabochon, and lapis within enameled leaves. The person I bought this from circa-dated it to 1925. Signed ‘G H’ in shield.
Height of central pendant: 10 cm (almost 4 inches).
Length of the large chrysoprase stone: 5 cm (almost 2 inches)
George Edward Hunt (1892-1960) was born near Birmingham, England and was left deaf at age five from diphtheria. At 16, he won a scholarship to the Margaret Street School where he was exposed to the work of Bernard Cuzner and Arthur Gaskin.
He opened his own studio in 1912 and is best known for using Limoges enamel, heart-shaped enamel leaves and many different stones in one piece of jewelry, and his frequent use of agates, moonstones and pearls. He designed and executed all of his own work.
Source: "Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition," Elyse Zorn Carlin, pg 72-73.
Lit.: The Antique Collector. February 1990. Article pages 54-58.