An American Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds, ruby and sapphire by David Webb. The brooch has 105 diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.75 carats, 11 emeralds with an approximate total weight of .68 carat, 1 ruby with an approximate total weight of .85 carat, and 1 sapphire with an approximate total weight of .20 carat. The brooch depicts a whimsical dolphin with articulated fins. "They roar, whinny, and croak, some of them chatter incessantly, and all are bona fide members of the Webb Kingdom Collection, that body of beasts dating to the beginning of the 1960's and continuing today." Ruth Peltason in David Webb, page 182.Discussed in David Webb The Quintessential American Jeweler, by Ruth Peltason, Assouline, 2013.
|Artist: David Webb|
|Signed: “David Webb” “18 K Plat”|
|Dimensions: 2 inches in lenth x 3/4 inch in width|
|Item #: BO-16832|
|Price: $18,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An English Antique 18 karat gold, enamel, feather and crystal brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 4 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .01 carat. The wings of the brooch are composed of exotic feathers under crystal, with an enamel body and diamond set eyes and antenna. With original signed Mappin & Webb Ltd fitted box."Wearing ornaments using parts of animals, birds, insects, shells or fish was not new in the nineteenth century. What was new in the age of Victoria was the way in which animal parts became accepted fashion accessories...(for) pure novelty and decorative quality...(as well as) the desire to demonstrate awareness of the revolutionary developments in the study of nature." Note Gere and Rudoe.Discussed in Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria A Mirror to the World, by Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, The British Museum Press, 2012, page 225-232.
|Dimensions: 1'' length x 1-7/8'' width|
|Item #: BO-18606|
|Price: $6,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|