Antique Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Peacock Enamel Pendant 1904
Crafted in England from Sterling silver and set to the centre with a shimmering foiled peacock glass oval cabochon, bezel set to a surround of naturalistic scrolling leaf and grape motif with tiny gold accents. This central section is suspended by two joined trace chains which attach to a natural blister Pearl also bezel set in closed backed Silver.
History of the Arts & Craft movement
The Arts & Crafts jewellery era spans the years roughly between 1880 to 1920 although The British Arts and Crafts movement is known to have begun as early as 1860. Inspired by the writings of John Ruskin (1819-1900) and driven in part by William Morris (1834-1896).
A profound unease was emerging after years of industrialisation and machine led factory mass produced jewellery. In England, the self-taught silversmith C. R. Ashbee, established the Guild of Handicraft in 1888.
Jewellers began focusing on hand-crafting individual pieces and in fact the philosophy of the movement was that a jewel was to be designed and created from start to finish by one single craftsman.
From under the drab and lackluster styles seen in previous years suddenly silver, semi-precious stones, pearls and enamel in naturalistic and figurative styles were seen.
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