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Marcus & Co, Art Nouveau Conch Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel 'Morning Glory' Necklace

An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold plique-à-jour enamel necklace attributed to Marcus & Co. The pendant has round diamond accents culminating in plique-à-jour flower clusters with 11 conch pearls. The detachable chain is composed of shaded pink tubular links and green plique-à-jour leaf-form links. During the first decade of the twentieth century Marcus & Co. offered a variety of Revivalist style jewelry. Egyptian inspired pieces along with Renaissance Revival and Mughal style which were created. Marcus & Co. was also one of the few firms in the United States to create jewelry featuring plique-a-jour enameling, a trend very popular in French Art Nouveau jewelry of the time. They also offered the standard diamond and platinum jewelry popular at the time. Each piece was meticulously crafted, and though there are no official documents crediting George Marcus with the design of the pieces, his credits at the Boston Arts and Crafts Exhibition and later Exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design attest to his design standing. Similar pictured in Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Vivenne Becker, E.P. Dutton, 1985, page 185, Plate 281.

Artist: Marcus & Co. (attributed to)
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 4'' length x 1-3/4'' width pendant; 16" length necklace
Item #:  N-17583
Price:  Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400
Marcus & Co, Art Nouveau Conch Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel 'Morning Glory' Necklace

Marcus & Co. Early-20th Century Essex Crystal and Gold Hunting Cuff Links

A pair of American cuff links composed of Essex crystals by Marcus & Co. The double sided cuff links have 4 finely executed individual reverse painted Essex Crystals. The crystals depict a jumping horse and rider, hunting dog, horse and fox head. " The technique is said to have begun in Europe, and the crystal process has been attributed to a Belgian artist named Emile Marius Pradier. Some of Pradier's early pieces were signed, which makes them particularly appealing. Such was the beginning of a treasured art form which evolved into incredible works of art in miniature. Around 1860, Thomas Cooke began making crystals for Lambeth and Company in England. The crystals gained immediate favor, and as their popularity increased, Cooke trained a student to assist him. This student - Thomas Bean - later trained his own son and subsequently his grandson in the crystal making process. Crystal carving and painting has always been a family enterprise and is one of the few art forms of modern times to develop in secrecy, being passed on from one generation to the next. Yet today, with very few artisans possessing either the knowledge or the ability to produce crystals, the process of reverse intaglio is considered to be one of the highest art forms. The popularity of these "little beauties" soared as the twentieth century began and they remained quite fashionable until the early 1930's." (Roger Widener and Thomas Walter)

Artist: Marcus & Co
Signed: "Marcus & Co." "M.S.B. from N.J.B.1933"
Circa: 1930's
Dimensions: 5/8'' diameter
Item #:  CS-18068
Price:   $9,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400
Marcus & Co. Early-20th Century Essex Crystal and Gold Hunting Cuff Links
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