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Lovely Czech Art Nouveau Faux Moonstone Brooch c1919

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 723605

Lovely Czech Art Nouveau Faux Moonstone Brooch c1919
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The "Czecho" signature on this ultra-feminine antique brooch lets us date it quite precisely to the first years of the Czech Republic (established in 1918). The region was previously known as Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I ended, and Bohemian glass has been prized from medieval times. These gorgeous old pink satin glass moonstones certainly live up to the area's reputation.

Although its dating is technically transitional, falling between the death of King Edward and the period dominated by Art Deco style, the brooch is wholly Victorian in spirit, so must have been crafted immediately after the war. There's not even a hint of Deco styling, so it would have been out of style by the early 1920s.

The lavish gilt setting, as you'll notice, has scrolling openwork at both ends, which would allow the brooch to be worn also as a pendant or even as a choker necklace, if threaded over a ribbon at each end. Its size is impressive -- 2.5 by 2 inches -- and it's in beautifully wearable condition. As you'd expect, there's age-appropriate surface wear to the gilding, especially on the reverse. The fastener is of the old open C type, right for the period. The pinstem would originally have extended beyond the edge of the brooch but, as is common, it was snipped and filed to a new point at some time in the interest of safety. One of the smaller cabochons has a teensy chip, hard to notice without extreme magnification. Provenance of this beauty is a Wisconsin estate.

Interestingly, we happen to have a fabulous pair of pink faux-moonstone earrings that are nearly a perfect match for this. If you're interested in both pieces, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing.

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1870s Austro-Hungarian Renaissance Revival Bracelet

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1900   item# 721238

1870s Austro-Hungarian Renaissance Revival Bracelet
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As museums opened across Europe in the 19th century, people flocked to marvel at the treasures of the past -- and then they wanted the look. This led to a series of historical revivals, including Classical, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, as well as the Renaissance style we see here. The Austrians (who became Austro-Hungarians after the early 1860s) did particularly lovely work in the Renaissance vein, aided by long experience in enamel painting, which was central to the style.

This splendid bracelet features a charming miniature hand-painted on a cabochon of porcelain. In the richly colored scene, an aristocratic couple are shown outdoors on an autumn day, the young lady playing a lute while her dashing beau sings along. Their attire clearly evokes the early Renaissance. Also true to that era are the wristband of finely formed and textured filigree and the painting's lovely frame, which is constructed architecturally in three layers, with intricate surface patterning and a fine dogtooth collet.

The band is an oval, as is characteristic of much early jewelry and really a better fit on the arm than round. It's on the petite side, suited to a smaller than average wrist (up to about 6 inches).

From a West Coast estate, the bracelet is in marvelous condition. The plaque shows no wear; the hinge and clasp work perfectly; and the rest of the metalwork reveals a few tiny dings only under high magnification. Even the gilding is virtually intact, so the bracelet can't have been worn much. Both its dating (1875-1880) and origin are established by the fact that a necklace featuring precisely the same painted motif is a book piece. (See "Popular Jewelry 1840-1940" by Roseann Ettinger.)

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Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1910   item# 685925

Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist
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If you're petite, no doubt you've found that most antique bracelets are just too big. They were made roomy to wear over gloves in the 19th and very early 20th centuries, so few are shorter than 7 1/2 inches. This one's just 6 1/2 inches long, counting the clasp -- and it's fabulous!

Fashioned from heavy gilt metal, the bracelet is comprised of four domed plaques intricately detailed with Art Nouveau scrollwork and set with 16 glorious faux gems. Jade-like art glass dominates, featuring rich green hues mottled with white. That these rectangular cabochons vary slightly in color and shape adds to the "real" look and also attests to hand-craftsmanship. Accent stones are deep purple amethyst pastes and glass pearls, still very luminous. All appear original and are in remarkably fine condition. Most likely the necklace was made in Bohemia, which for centuries produced the finest simulated gems, as well as ornate and rather fanciful settings. The area became Czechoslovakia after World War I, but was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The unusual combination of green, purple and white typically signifies that a jewel was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. For them, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. That right was finally won for all American women in 1920 and for all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some was crafted in the Art Deco era. Forgotten for many years, these jewels have been rapidly gaining value since the star-studded TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much more scarce.

This bracelet dates most likely to the 1890s and reached us from an East Coast estate. The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear around the edges, which reveals a silvery substance under the gilding: pot metal, to judge by the weight. The gilt has aged to bronze color on the front, where it takes high magnification to notice any wear. The three links joining the plaques are rosier, probably gilt copper, and have an elaborately incised design. Because the clasp isn't patterned and appears to be gilt brass, it's almost surely a replacement. It's been with the bracelet for a very long time, though, based on their matching depth of patina. Of course there may have been a fifth plaque originally, removed at some point by a lady with a dainty wrist. Each plaque measures about 1 1/2 inches long and a little more than an inch wide. Each connecting link adds about 3/8 of an inch, as does the clasp.

Because the clasp can easily be taken off, you could tie ribbons onto each end and wear this also as a choker necklace or a hair ornament.

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Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1910   item# 685882

Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900
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Authentic Victorian Art Nouveau "lady portrait" jewels have become so scarce that even well-made replicas are soaring in value, so we're delighted to present this treasure from the late 19th or very early 20th century. It's a highly unusual example of the form, being crafted as a hair jewel. Through many years of collecting Art Nouveau, I've never before run across a barrette like this.

Obviously you could transform it into a pendant necklace and/or a brooch by having it placed in a bezel with the appropriate hardware. By most reckonings, that would substantially increase the value; however, I find it even more interesting in its unexpected present form.

This is a truly spectacular jewel -- highly dimensional, large (about 1.5 inches round) and exquisitely detailed. The portrait head is one of the loveliest I've seen, both for the woman's beauty and for her harmony with the floral and foliate shapes surrounding her. A flower wafting from behind settles like a ruffled cap over her curls.

The influence of French "art medals" is strong and quite possibly an original by one of the masters is recreated here. Provenance is a Louisiana estate and condition, as you see, is remarkably fine. Quite a bit of patina remains on the aged brass reverse, but the front was brightly polished sometime recently. The hairpin-type barrette catch still works perfectly after more than a century.

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Antique Victorian Paste Brooch c 1860 Large and Fine

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 657260

Antique Victorian Paste Brooch c 1860 Large and Fine
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This is a remarkable brooch from the mid-19th century, in superb original condition. Even the extra-long pinstem hasn't been snipped at all, which is quite a rarity. Also of extreme interest are the superb faceted pastes, all very clear and white, radiating great brilliance. A cluster of seven stones nestles within each of the four beautifully dimensional flowers joined by their graceful swirl of cylindical stems.

We can date the brooch to the Victorian Grand Period by its large size -- about 2.25 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall -- and the hinge, which is of a type introduced around 1850. However, the architecturally layered construction is more typical of Georgian and Early Victorian times. This suggests American origin, away from major metropolitan centers, or simply that it was made by an older jeweler who favored traditional techniques. Certainly it was hand-made, as we can tell by variations in the flowers (slightly different shapes and engraving patterns). A particularly sweet touch is engraving on the flowers' backs, as well as inside the petals. The slightly rosy golden metal appears to be rolled gold, showing little wear even under high magnification. "Rolled" gold refers to sheets of gold attached so thickly to both sides of the underlying metal that it basically never wears out. Clasp is the old open "C", of course, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

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Antique Czech Enamel & Pink Moonstone Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 652598

Antique Czech Enamel & Pink Moonstone Dangle Earrings
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Last year we found earrings very similar to this pair, but in blue, and they sold in a twinkling. "My dream earrings!" the customer called them. Perhaps these pink beauties will fulfill a dream for you.

Wonderfully feminine and romantic, these can't reasonably be later than 1920, since so much Edwardian and Art Nouveau influence is present in the intricate filigree metalwork (lovely even on the backs). Notice the scrolling shapes and textured details, as well as the curvy flower petal motif enameled in luscious rose to match the heavenly half-orbs of faux-moonstone, which anticipate Art Deco geometry.

Enameled leaves of this type are characteristically Czech, as is the very fine quality of the stones. Despite the absence of marks, we can be virtually certain of their origin -- technically Bohemia, if they were made before Czech independence in 1918, as I believe they were. Most likely they're Edwardian, based on the screw fasteners. Ear-piercing was considered a bit barbaric at that time, particularly by early feminists.

Overall condition is lovely, with a beautiful patina on the gilt brass and only minor flaws evident under high magnification (slight irregularities on the collet settings and a hard-to-notice chip at the edge of one stone, which must have fallen out at some time). The drops will fall about 2 inches below your ears and the earrings measure almost an inch at their widest. Provenance is a Minnesota estate.

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4 Superb c1920 MZ Astrohlau Handpainted Dessert Plates

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Eastern Europe: Pre 1920   item# 633885

4 Superb c1920 MZ Astrohlau Handpainted Dessert Plates
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Fine Astrohlau porcelain has been prized throughout Europe since early Victorian times. It reached new heights of beauty when the factory owned by Nowotnę was acquired by Moritz Zdekauer in 1884. His ornate porcelain designs, known for exquisite handpainting and lavish use of overglaze gold, continued to be produced after the distinguished German maker, C.M. Hutschenreuter, took over in Edwardian times (1909).

Astrohlau porcelain marks include those of various nations: Austria, Bohemia (when within the Austrian Empire) and Czechoslovakia (after independence). Because these elegant antique dessert plates are marked "M Z Astrohlau CM-R Czechoslovakia", they have to date after World War I -- but they can't reasonably have been produced much after 1918, since the design is so Edwardian. Later pieces with this hallmark (used for about 20 years) tend to be painted all over in Art Deco motifs that aren't as refined as the earlier work. You also typically find, on later pieces, the initials of other designers, importers, exporters, et al.

As you see, oodles of gold figures on these gorgeous plates -- as scrolled motifs with Art Nouveau curves, as edging for the rose-painted medallions and around both sides of the border. That of course adds significant value. Personally, I'm equally charmed by the unusual color harmony of pinks with buttercup yellow. Of course the white body of the plates shows the translucency of top quality porcelain, and there's a lovely sheen. Bohemian porcelain is made from fine-grained white kaolin clay, feldspar and quartz; this differentiates it from bone china incorporating lighter-weight bone ash, rather than quartz.

The plates measure 7 3/4 inches round and may originally have been accompanied by a larger dessert platter. Incised into the reverses (hard to read) appears to be the number 600 over a pedestal shape. That design number will be the clue to discovering other pieces made in this luscious pattern.

All the plates are in wonderful condition. Naturally, after this long, there's some wear to the gold and stacking wear on the rims of the bases, but I see no evidence of damage or repairs. Provenance is an estate near Cambridge, according to the English dealer from whom we purchased them.

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Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 623822

Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch
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There's nothing more romantic than moonlight -- especially when you can wear it! This stunning antique crescent moon brooch is quintessential Victoriana, carried to a dazzling extreme. As you know if you collect 19th century jewelry, the crescent form is often found, but typically in lengths of one or two inches. Here's your chance to own the GIANT of the species.

Still dazzling with fire from 21 prong-set diamond pastes graduated in size, this amazing jewel has the tube hinge, open C clasp and elongated pinstem right for the period, which I judge to be circa 1870 - 1880 (early in the Victorian Aesthetic Period). The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear and the gilt brass setting could stand cleaning, but condition is otherwise remarkable. Provenance is a New Mexico estate and probable origin is American.

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Antique Victorian French Jet Belt Buckle Set c 1870

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 600865

Antique Victorian French Jet Belt Buckle Set c 1870
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Forty-eight beautifully faceted French Jet stones sparkle on this antique buckle set. French jet, as you know, is a form of black glass created to imitate English Whitby jet, when supplies of the latter were depleted by the 19th century passion for mourning jewelry. The buckle measures 2 1/4 inches tall and 3 inches wide (when closed) and was probably made in the 1860s or 1870s.

Despite great age, the buckle is sturdy and in nicely wearable condition. At the back, which was lacquered black at some point, there's evidence of old repairs and a few splashes of black paint are on the brass fittings. These flaws won't show at all in use, but naturally our price reflects them. A buckle this old and striking would be a great deal higher, if everything were perfect. On sale now, it's a steal.

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2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Plate: Pre 1910   item# 599770

2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902
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It's wonderful to find a pair of antique creamers still together after more than a century! They'd be a splendid gift for a romantic couple who have shown staying-power, too -- perhaps your parents -- and perfect for use both with the morning coffee and afternoon tea.

They were fashioned by Walker & Hall of Sheffield in England, among the world's leading producers of sterling and fine silver-plated goods in Victorian and Art Deco times. These pieces are very heavily plated (marked 2HP) on an underlying metal with lots of weight to ensure no worries about their toppling over. The date letter k identifies the year as 1902.

Also present on each base are the company's jaunty logo, which looks like a golf flag, containing the letters W & H; the words "Walker & Hall Sheffield" and "Warranted Hard & Silver Soldered"; and the style or stock numbers "53444," "A1" and "79".

Size is about 3 1/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide from the outer handle to the lip. The base is 2 inches round. Style is Late Victorian Neo-Classical and overall condition is simply marvelous, with no loss of plating that we can find. The C R (or R C) monogram, which appears on the fronts in stylized Celtic lettering, could probably be polished out by a good jeweler. But perhaps you have these in mind for Robert and Claire or Rebecca and Charles -- or ?

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