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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I love this set, it is beautifully made but I can't figure out what the signature is, or what the other marks might be. I am fairly sure it is silver and it has a lovely hammered surface with age patination. The brooch has a trombone type clasp and is just a little over 2 inches across. The buttons are also signed and are 1 inch across.
    The signature is FL then possibly 'vauge' or 'rauge'. I am hopeful that someone out there will recognise it and let me know. It's difficult to research as nothing seems to come up for the various combinations of letters that I have tried.
    I don't know anything about the history as it was something that I bought on eBay a few years ago, but it definitely looks like early 1900's arts & crafts and such a great design that I am sure the designer/maker must be known.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      It is silver, your set seems to bear the French silver hallmark boar's head 1838/1962

      The makers mark is typically french in lozange shape, I can't read the initials on it, but seems it isn't F L who must be the designer/artist.

      Can't either decipher the whole signature... perhaps the stamps on the buttons are clearer?
    2. vintiquechique vintiquechique, 5 years ago
      The signature is really tiny and as well as the little boar's head mark there is another tiny mark with writing in it. I will try to get a better macro lens to zoom in if I can. Thanks for your comments kyratango :)
    3. vintiquechique vintiquechique, 4 years ago
      Yay! I've just found out that these are by Fernand Grange, quite an important designer around the art deco period - trying to find out more about him.... seems more well known for his metal vase forms.
    4. Gillian, 4 years ago

      You've probably seen the pieces in the link below. Plates, a tray and vases. His work is quite dull and dark for my taste - but maybe that makes you look at them longer.
    5. vintiquechique vintiquechique, 4 years ago
      Hi Gillian, as a designer/maker myself I appreciate his work very much and the more I see of it the more it grows on me. The jewellery pieces of his that I have are beautifully made - probably not immediately noticeable on my terrible photos, but with amazing attention to detail, balance and craftsmanship. The jewellery pieces are only dark because of the age patina. I know there is a lot of black in his vessel forms - I like that although I know it is not to everyone's taste.

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