Category Archives: British Arts and Crafts

Ella Naper Lily-Pad Combs

Ella married painter Charles W.S. Naper, who became well-known for his English countryside landscapes. They lived and worked in Lamorna, a fishing village in West Cornwall. Ella made this pair of lily-pad combs out of green-tinted horn, and created the dewdrops from moonstones, c. 1906. And here is her portrait, painted by her husband. कंघी…Continue Reading

Ah, Art Nouveau

My first piece today is actually a British arts and crafts piece by Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, c. 1910. The raised silver-foliage design is bookmarked by pearls. Provenance: Arthur & Georgie Gaskin, City Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1982, page 87. This is a spectacular art nouveau diadem of a Byzantine princess. It is French;…Continue Reading

Child & Child

Best known for its British Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau jewelry, this firm opened in 1880, producing neo-Renaissance pieces. From 1891 – 1916, the imaginative, bright enamel work on their peacock, wing, and insect designs won them Royal patronage. In 1916, the firm closed. This piece, which is signed, might be part of their…Continue Reading

Joseph Hodel Comb

A major figure in the British Arts & Crafts Movement, Joseph Hodel partnered with the Swiss metalworker Louis Weingartner in London. He was also joined the Bromsgrove Guild. Both men supplied the Guild with smaller scale metalwork. In 1908, Hodel left for Liverpool, teaching there until the 1920s. This piece, c. 1906, resides in the…Continue Reading

British Arts and Crafts Hairpin

Its maker, Frederick James Partridge (1877-1942) belonged to the arts and crafts organization, Guild of Handicraft, which operated in Birmingham. Its motto was “By Hammer and Hand.” This hair pin depicts a serpent made of silver plique-à-jour enamel and opal. c. 1900. The silver ornament at its base unscrews, so it can be fitted properly…Continue Reading

Tiara by Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson (1864-1934) made this crystal & chalcedony tiara with wings of gold on either side, and Cupid in the centre. The tiara is c.1908 and resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was a leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement and was described as the “arch individualist.” His authored ‘Silver…Continue Reading

A Beautiful British Revivalist Tiara

I’m in a Sotheby’s tiara mood I guess. This gold and turquoise tiara was signed by Carlo Giuliano c.1870 and numbered 37. Giuliano was a British jeweler, b.1831, d, 1895, who was a leader in the Revivalist Movement, sensitively interpreting Renaissance jewelry to suit late-19th-Century tastes. The tiara is openwork gold, decorated with five circular…Continue Reading