An English Victorian 18 karat gold reverse crystal brooch. The finely painted crystal brooch represents ducks in lift-off. The yellow and red gold frame is decorated with dimensional pussy willows intertwined with ribbon. Reverse crystal intaglios are a rock crystal cabochon with an intaglio carved into the flat back and then painted realistically with oils, so that when, viewed from the top, the image has a three-dimensional effect. Finally, the back was sealed with mother-of-pearl, which preserved the painted areas. The motifs most commonly found were sporting themes -- horses, dogs, foxes and birds. The technique originated in Belgium c. 1860 and was popularized in England c. 1860''s by Thomas Cook.
A pair of American Art Deco 14 karat gold and platinum cuff links with mother of pearl and pearl by Carrington & Company. The cuff links are made of mother of pearl disks with a 2mm cultured pearl set in the center framed in engine turned platinum. Double-sided. Made by Carrington & Company, Newark, NJ. Four Swank dress studs are included in this set.
A pair of French 18 karat gold earrings by Cartier. Each bloom-shaped earring is comprised of heart-shaped mother of pearl petals, accented by gold frames, and centering on a beautifully-textured internal bloom of gold.
A Tiffany Studios "Abalone Linenfold" lamp on a gilt-bronze base, with mother-of-pearl decorative insets in the base and the top of the shade. The shade consists of yellow glass panels textured to resemble folded cloth. The leading is gilt to match the lamp base.A similar lamp is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 192, plate 747.
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