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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…