These spectacular hand-made sterling silver earrings always make me think of Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings. They have the same graceful, undulant lines -- and the same gigantically blown-up quality. At first I thought they look like irises, but now I'm thinking lilies or even bird-of-paradise blossoms.
While the curvy shapes are evocative of Art Nouveau, they've been interpreted by a master of early Modernism. Based on the abstract design and clip backs, I believe they date from the late 1930s or early 1940s. Pads were added more recently for comfort.
Despite their stupendous size, weight is relatively modest; they have to be hollow inside (which makes their fine condition all the more amazing).
The word Eleusinian is stamped in block letters, along with the 925 mark for sterling. An artist's signature also appears in script on one earring, but we haven't been able to decipher much of it; the last name might be Jacobo and the first name seems to start with T. If you recognize the maker or know anything about Eleusinian (other than the word's connection with ancient Orphic mysteries), please e-mail to let me know; I've searched the Web for many hours in vain.
A breathtaking addition to any collection of Modernist jewelry, these sculptural treasures are truly art to wear! They'd be stunning, even if they didn't measure a whopping 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" (but how wonderful that they do).
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