Posted 2 years ago
This necklace is a recent addition to my collection and I’m so thrilled.
Kate Muriel Mason Eadie was born on the 4th of May 1880. I was very lucky to buy this lovely Art and Craft necklace has she wasn’t a prolific jewellery maker so her work is rare. Like more of her era she also designed other things such as large fire screens. In September 1940, she married the Birmingham Pre-Raphaelite painter Sidney Meteyard whom she met when she studied at Birmingham School of Art, having modelled for many paintings of his. They also worked together on stained glass.
In 1915 she was elected an associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist, with whom she had exhibited a case of jewellery in 1908-1909, a processional cross, and another case of jewellery in 1911. She died on the 8th November 1945.
The necklace has seven silver drops with leaves surrounding the beautiful coloured Aquamarine Stones. On some of the leaves their is enamel I don’t know if this was mean’t to be, or over the time the enamel as faded. Someone told me that this is how she enamelled meaning she randomly enamelled part of the leaves. The back is so neatly finished it’s like a piece of art itself.
The case is the original as you can see the necklace fits prefectly the company Payne and sons is a family business which was established in 1790. The Oxford shop is now run by the 7th and 8th generation.
Many thanks for looking.