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Jewel of the day: Ruskin Brooch

I am fortunate to a signed one of these Arts and Crafts pretties, made by the Ruskin Pottery in England and dating to the beginning of the 1900s.

This example is offered by Etsy seller Agatha Hamster, and they explain, “It features a lightly hammered silver mount, the corners of which are curled up, with leaves and berries at each corner and set with a pottery ‘enamel’. The Pottery centerpiece is a gorgeous blue and green swirl of colour, with slight crazing in the surface glaze. The early date and appearance of the pottery glaze suggests it is a Ruskin Pottery plaque, however as the back of the plaque (which should be stamped Ruskin if original) is sealed behind the silver mount I cannot confirm this.

John Ruskin was one of the founding fathers of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain in the mid 1800s. When the Ruskin Pottery was founded in 1898 the owner, Edward Richard Taylor, named it after Ruskin in recognition of his philosophy. The pottery began making the small cabochons or ‘enamels’ in the early 1900s and they became very popular, being used for simple home made jewellery, as well as for more expensive pieces by high end silversmiths, including work for Liberty of London. Other potteries did make similar plaques in the 1920s and 30s but When the the Ruskin Pottery closed in 1935 the secret behind the specific glazes was destroyed so the work could not be replicated.

This example is in lovely condition, with no damage to the mount or the pottery plaque, and a good overall patination and oxidation which I have not removed. The hammer marks are most visible on the back of the brooch, where the number 240 has also been hand engraved in the past, possibly as a catalogue style number. No hallmarks but tests as sterling silver and the tube hinge and C clasp on the back are in good working order. Size: 33mm x 27mm. ”

The seller is UK-based; this is priced at £123.


Jewel of the day: Gaskin Triangular Corsage Brooch

This is a really lovely example of Arts and Crafts paste jewellery, by husband and wife team Archie and Georgie Gaskin. Offered on 1st Dibs by noted jewellery seller Tadema Gallery, they explain, “This triangular corsage brooch ‘Loves Garland’ by Arthur Gaskin and his wife Georgie is a fine example of their romantic Arts and Crafts jewelry. Signed ‘G’ verso. Original fitted case. Silver, gold, opal, pink tourmaline, blister pearl and emerald paste. Provenance: From the collection of Laurence W. Hodson (1863-1933), thence by descent. To be exhibited at the forthcoming exhibition: “Jewellery. materials craft art” at the National Museum Zurich from 19.05.2017 – 22.10.2017 Exhibited ‘Arthur and Georgie Gaskin’, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 11 February – 21 March 1982. Item G40 in the exhibition catalogue and illustrated on page 86. The Fine Art Society, London 29 March – 30 April, 1982. Literature: The catalogue entry states this piece was previously exhibited at W.T Whitely ‘The Arts and Crafts’ Society Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1912, where it was illustrated in ‘The Studio vol LVII and priced at £12 12s 0d. The original pencil drawing for this piece is in the ‘Drawing Book’ by Arthur and Georgie Gaskin (Victoria and Albert Museum ref: E 6727091969), where all the stones in the piece are labelled, showing that the missing drop was an opal which we have reinstated.”

This is selling for USD$30,243.86

Jewel of the day: Archibald Knox Liberty & Co Amethyst Gold Necklace

Liberty is one of my favourite UK stores. I love the Arts and Crafts era building, and their unique selection of merchandise.

Archibald Knox was the company’s principal designer and his work is highly collectible today. This piece is offered by noted seller of A+C and Art Nouveau pieces Tadema Gallery. They note, “A lovely Liberty & Co Art Nouveau necklace in gold and amethyst designed by Archibald Knox Documented: cf. Liberty Jewellery sketch book page 216, model number 8167 Archibald Knox, Stephen A. Martin, 2001, page 249. Fitted case.”

This sells for USD$$8,277.55.


Jewel of the day: Christie’s Arts and Crafts Fire Opal Pendant

Fire opals are an unusual choice for a stone for a piece of the arts and crafts era. I would have though amber or garnet would have been more likely (and easily available) choices for the period.

Christie’s is auctioning this piece on Oct. 9 (so you still have time to bid!); the estimate is £1,200 – £1,500. Oddly, for an auction house, there are no other details about the piece. Nothing about metal, other stones, maker’s marks, country of origin, etc. It looks as though it may have tiny diamonds in it, and burnished or just in need of cleaning gold. It may also be gilt metal. Despite its age, definitely still a very wearable piece today.

Christie's Art Nouveau pendant

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