For sale is a beautiful British Arts & Crafts Movement / Art Nouveau designed pendant from Birmigham, circa 1900-1910.
British jewellery excelled in the early 20th Century in the use of Arts & Crafts Movement design themes, like the simple use naturalistic/organic floral, foliate and figural patterns. Metals such as silver were finely hammered to create designs with richly coloured decorative enamels applied into intricate and delicate designs. Artistic jewellery makers such as James Fenton and Charles Horner excelled in the production of enamelled pieces, while makers such as Murrle Bennett, Archibold Knox and Barnet Henry Joseph supplied commercial companies such as Liberty & Co with decorative commercial items which became fashionable across Europe in the design aesthetic of Arts & Crafts / Art Nouveau / Jugendstil.
This pendant is from Birmingham the heart of the British Jewellery industry from 1909/10, it is disctinctive and elegant with a sinuous design featuring:
- A balanced whiplash design from the Art Nouveau period with hand hammered silver (sterling grade at 925) and a set oval faceted light blue/aquamarine coloured stone, likely to be paste. The stone contrasts against the planished surface of the silver.
- Highly decorative whiplash-esque scrolled design created by hand with a central set facted stone. The stone is set in a bezel with small decorative pattern to the perimeter of the stone. The hanging loop / bale is also planished like the main surface to the pendant.
- Unmarked period arts & crafts piece potentially from amateur or hobbyist at craft classes/guilds/schools prominent in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
- The chain is approximately 43cm / 17 inches and looks to be vintage rather than antique judging from the delicacy of the chain produced in the last 30-50 years (marked 925 to the clasp).
The pendant is decorative and ready to be worn with a classic Art Nouveau style from within the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Free delivery to the UK mainland as priced. International buyers are welcome, but please contact us prior to payment to confirm the additional packaging, insurance and shipping costs by way of acceptance to your country. Purchaser responsible for local import tariffs/fees. If you are interested in multiple items, please contact us for combined postage.