Sunday, 11 March 2012

An extraordinary Arts & Crafts OPAL pendant

During the second half of the 1800s until beginning of the Twentieth Century in England there was an artistic design trend very different from the glamourous Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements that were so admired in Continental Europe and North America; it was led by William Morris who was inspired by Ruskin. The main idea behind it was to revive traditional techniques as a reaction to machine made objects as well as to emphasise the materials used and rid the design of superfluous ornamental features concentrating on its basic functionality. The pieces from this period rarely use precious metals and stones and have a medieval look and feel.

The dragon shaped pendant above is a rare and precious example of the Arts and Crafts movement, the piece was commissioned by Annie Horniman in the 1920s  and is set in silver with cabochon white opals and garnets. It is one of the most sophisticate and elaborate examples that I have found from this period. It will be auctioned by Dreweatts on march 21st.