For sale is a beautiful British Arts & Crafts Movement / Art Nouveau designed pendant from Birmigham, 1909.
British jewellery excelled in the early 20th Century in the use of Arts & Crafts Movement design themes, like the simple use of 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, it is a disctinctive design and elegant with:
- A balanced Art Nouveau design aesthetic with two short sections of chain connecting to the main chain via the top corners of the pendant, giving a striking effect.
- Highly decorative blue-green naturalistic enamel work across the winged pendant to both the front and rear, with a small tear shaped enamelled drop.
- The enamelling is set over an intricately patterned/textured background which shows in different light beneath the blue and green sections of enamelling.
- The chain itself is approximately 18 inches and is considered original to the pendant, although the clasp looks to have been replaced at a later date.
- Hallmarked silver beneath the enamel work for Birmingham dating from the first decade of the 20th Century, the mark being just discernable beneath the enamelling. The mark is thought to indicate the lion passant, anchor/Birminhgam and a lower case K for 1909/10. The makers mark is much more difficult to read but could read 'JW'.
- The pendant has been made with skill and is of high quality remaining in good antique condition, there are minor signs of age-related wear but at 110 years of age it is in good condition as shown by the images.
The pendant is ready to be worn and remains a highly decorative and evocative of the Art Nouveau / Liberty & Co style 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. The pendant will be provided in the box shown.
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