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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Sash brooch by George Steere, marked GNS & Co. In gilt brass with a fanciful bug and glass stones.

    For a number of photos of George Steere jewelry, go here:

    Not much is known about George Nathaniel Steere (marks GS, GNS and GNS & Co.) who made jewelry in Rhode Island from about 1906-1911. His pieces have a mythical feel in their motifs, using unfoiled glass stones, and a variety of creatures: griffons, bugs and birds.

    Beaux-Arts architecture expresses the academic neoclassical architectural style taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Frankly, it sounds kind of a mess...: depended on sculptural decoration along conservative modern lines, employing French and Italian Baroque and Rococo formulas combined with an impressionistic finish and realism.

    Anyway, the Americans liked it and Beaux Arts jewelry was popular alongside of Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Edwardian from about 1890-1920. In Christie Romero's book Warman's Jewelry, she states: "finely detailed griffons, cherubs and foliate motifs show up in circa 1890-1920 pieces by Kerr, Riker, Krementz and others, which up until now have been called Art Nouveau, even though the name didn't fit. "Beaux Arts" seems to fill a need for this label for this style and sufficient numbers of examples are on the market today to warrant giving it recognition and its own classification."

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Very BEAUTIFUL WORK !!!!!!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Bug, bug? BUUUG!!! Love it!
      Fine design too with a modernist touch :-)
    3. critchpics, 7 years ago
      Agree with kyratango that it's very modern. Just looked at the link and your piece is an exceptional example of his work.
    4. Chryseis28, 7 years ago
      I'm trying to find some detailed information on GNS because the small amount of jewelry he produced is just *fantastic* to me. I've emailed Ruby lane and Morningglories, but have not heard back as of yet. Thought maybe I'd find some info here. Would be great if someone could write a book about him!
    5. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      Chryseis28 -- from everything I have read, there really isn't much known about GNS and the company was only in business for a few years. Apparently, there "was" a website dedicated to the company, but comments indicate it has been taken down. Let us know if you find anything more.

      Thanks everyone for your LOVEs!

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