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My repair on Arts and Crafts brooch, enamel attributed to Charles Fleetwood VARLEY.

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Posted 4 years ago

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Big enamel damage on this extraordinary enamel!
Charles F. VARLEY was a famous enamelist who's works were integrated to Archibald KNOX boxes and jewellery for Liberty and Co.

Though unsigned and unmarked, it is undoubtful his work :-)
1.5/8" diameter.

Big part of my repair was to shape the white Fimo polymer clay to fill the lacking part in slight rounded shape...
Water color pencils rubbed on wet make-up thin brush, applied before heating in the oven at 110 celsius for 20 minutes.
Then protected with a thin layer of top coat nail polish.

Repair is still obvious, but result is over my expects !

Thanks for looking :-)


  1. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 4 years ago
    Nice work. I saw this but thought it was beyond repair.

    I didn't find out until many years after I started collecting Arts & Crafts that Charles Fleetwood Varley was actually my great great great uncle. I actually have Varley as one of my middle names, as do all of my close relatives (who have had for generations).

    I have one piece, an amazing brooch. I found out that after the work he did for Liberty and the Guild Of Handicrafts, he worked for some Hatton Road jewellers including Thomas L Mott.

    He was also a watercolorist which is how I made the connection. My grandmother told me that my Varley ancestor's watercolours were in the Victorian National Gallery. When I went to see them, I realised it was Charles Fleetwood Varley.

    If only we had a few enamels in the family!
  2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Fantastic to hear that! So to say, now we are connected ;-))
    I wondered if you saw the auction when active, there was a little struggle...
    Many many thanks for your comment Jewels1900!
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 4 years ago
    Kyra, this is gorgeous. I love it and so impressed with your talent.
    Also, how interesting that Jewels is family member... :)
  4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
    Wow! Really incredible work!! Your results are amazing!
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    stunning AND BREATHTAKING!!!
  6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    DrFluffy, Jscott and Sean, many thanks for your warm comments!
    Many thanks too to the 11 quick lovers !
  7. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
    Kyra you have done a great job administering aid!
    I'm glad you own this important piece now!
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
  9. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Racer, what a warm comment, you are an angel, thank you !
    many thanks Walksoftly for your kind visit and comment :-)
  10. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Updated with close up. Surfdub and glasslove, thank you!
  11. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 4 years ago
    You are an artist...
  12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
    What a wonderful brooch and how you saved it from a life in a drawer! This can be worn! It's beautiful!
  13. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thank you sooo much DrFluffy and Elisabethan for your highly appreciated comments!
  14. fledermaus fledermaus, 4 years ago
    What an amazing enamel painting!
  15. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    very niceeeeeeeeeeeeee.
  16. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
    Love this very much!
  17. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Fledermaus, Roycroft and vintagelamp, thank you all for your amazing, nice and lovely comments ;-))
  18. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Agram, thank you for your love :-)
  19. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Phil and Vladimir, many thanks for your lovely visit :-)
  20. MermaidTears, 4 years ago
    Its amazing. I've never seen enamel jewelry repaired. Thank you for your insight. Your talent is appreciated. Its beyond wonderful.
  21. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    MermaidTears, thank you so much for your enthousiastic comment!
  22. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Nutsabotas, thank you for your love :-)
  23. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
    Hi Kryatango, i love your new profile picture so much I had to seek it out. It is absolutely fabulous.
  24. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Hi Vintagefran! You are an angel! Thank you so much for your love and comment :-))
    Thanks again to the 31 lovers!
  25. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    A box from Charles Fleetwood Varley :
  26. paulmartin paulmartin, 3 years ago
    Talk about Tree Hugging ! (isnt that what those trees are doing ?lol) Great Job ! So many non-collectors would of just tossed it out - now its been assured a long future . Beautiful !
  27. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Paulmartin, I never discard damaged interesting pieces, plus I love repairing :-)
    Lol for tree hugging, I didn't realised those two were in love :-D
    Million thanks for your very kind comment and compliment!
  28. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Cherubchick, Wpj, Sean, thank you for the loves!
    FCV1873-1959, your Varley profile pic is wonderful! Please post it and its story :-)
    Thank you for your visit and love, welcome on CW!
  29. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Efe, Aura, many thanks for your visit and love !
  30. beyemvey beyemvey, 2 years ago
    Excellent conservation work!
  31. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thank you Beyemvey! It is my best kyratisation result :-)

    Thanks Ho2cultcha for your love :-D
  32. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    Seriously impressed by your talent Kyra! Every time!!!
  33. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thank you so much Celiene!
    I must say I'm rather proud of the result :-D
  34. martika martika, 2 years ago
    This is so beautiful!!! :)
  35. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Martika, thank you so much for your visit, love and appreciation! :-)

    Many thanks, Thomas for your love !
  36. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Martika, Pops! Thank you for reaching 40 loves, I'm amazed!!!
  37. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Gillian, thanks for your love :-D
  38. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    The first other Fleetwood Varley brooch I saw, but not in my price range, halas...

    Thank you for your love, Swampdogg :-)
  39. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 1 year ago
    Hi kyra, I've seen this, I couldn't believe how much their asking for it.
  40. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Yeeees, very expensive as a general rule. That's why I only own one!

    There was a broken one that sold recently, thought you might have been onto it Kyra. A single tree, I thought likely Varley but not 100% sure.
  41. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Yep Jean! All his stuff is overpriced :-D
  42. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Jewels1900, I haven't seen the broken one...
    Did it went for a lot? I'd love to see it if you have a link :-)
  43. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Mmmm, looking again I'm not quite sure - kinda - sorta
  44. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Nice use of gold good, trees & mountain good. Not sure the definition, particularly around the trunk & branches are as good as yours.
  45. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 1 year ago
    Yep I saw this but wasn't sure if it was Charles Varley.
  46. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Oh! Thank you Jewels1900 for the link!

    I don't know if the pic is out of focus, but the sharp details aren't there, nor the kind of iridescence in the enamel work of Varley!

    The crazing is beyond repair, I don't think I'd have bought it ;-)
  47. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Have you seen my one Kyra? I'm not 100% sure it's Varley because the colour palate is unusual for him. But it is superb and it's huge. If it is him, and I think it is, its probably by the GoH. It's a highlight of my collection. You should check it out.
  48. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    No... I explored your pinterest boards (so much treasures!!!), but couldn't find it
  49. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Hi Kyra, its on the bottom of my collection page. Large round brooch. Big river in foreground, trees in background. Leafwork & beading around edge. Green & violet colour way.
  50. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thank you Swampdogg for your love! :-D

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