Posted 2 months ago
The first half of last year was pretty slow collecting-wise. I found it really difficult to find the right treasures within my budget. But the last 6 months has been crazy! Here are some of the lovely things I've had the opportunity to add to my collection in 2017.
In the bottom corner is a lovely silver, amethyst, garnet & calcedony circular Scottish Arts & Crafts brooch. Great textured leaf work. I found this described as costume. Thanks to Bluboi who acted as my postie as the seller would only ship to the US.
The pearl & garnet pendant (it also has an unknown green stone - any ideas Kyra?) I found described as Austro Hungarian. I'm not surprised because it is a really unusual piece for English Arts & Crafts. The design is very organic and the quality is very good. I've never seen anything like it but it is made by an experienced and talented jeweller. The only thing that comes to mind is that the pearl is set in a similar way to some of the flower brooches made by the Guild of Handicrafts, but that's as far as I've got. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
I love the silver & coral cherub which was a gift from my hubby (our youngest looks like a cherub). It's Farhner, designed by Eugene Erhardt and is very, very crazy Jugendstil. This pendant is an great example of one of the things I love about Farhner (& Liberty) jewellery; the way they take a design element and reinterpret it. I've seen this putti design in 3 different styles of pendant, each with a different frame, so despite that fact that it's a manufactured jewel, it is still unique.
The silver & pearl English Arts & Crafts pendant with the roses is one of my favourites this year. I've always admired John Paul Cooper's jewels with roses and this could well be by him. It is a lovely quality pendant and the roses are beautifully made. The chain & pearl drop have recently been replaced by my jeweller (they were missing). I'm very pleased to have this one home & wore it yesterday.
The big coral & silver brooch is Amsterdam School by Fons Reggers. I actually bought this locally at my monthly antiques fair. I almost popped my clogs when I saw it, I've only seen pictures of Amsterdam School jewellery and was surprised to find that it's cast - for some reason I thought they were hammered. I also bought some other fabulous objects at that fair, it was an unusually good one.
Next along is a little silver & pearl Jugendstil pendant, also another favourite of 2017. It's marked for Adolf Von Mayhofer. The pendant is hand hammered, not cast, and all the wire work is hand applied. It's an amazing little piece of art and was a gift from my husband.
The huge amethyst drop is by Amy Saindheim. It's one of the best drops by her I've seen set with moonstones and an original chain with amethysts & cut rock crystals. As a general rule, as the inter-war Arts & Crafts jewellers have becomes more popular, I've been priced out of buying these pieces. My hubby helped me out with this one & it was my last purchase of 2017.
The enamel & silver brooch is likely by Henry Wilson, but possibly by Henry Murphy. Booth made domed brooches and both used pierced silver work overlaid over enamel. It's a superbly made jewel, both front & back and needs some more research.
Finally, the last pic is of my local jewel thief. He lurks around and as soon as you're not looking ... swoosh ... he's made off with the diamonds.
I have to give quite a bit of the credit of acquiring such lovely pieces to my hubby who is very generous in sprit and in person and who managed to contort our budget in ways never seen before (and unlikely ever to be seen again).