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Victorian English Gold and Reverse Crystal Hunting Brooch

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.

Victorian English Gold and Reverse Crystal Hunting Brooch

Gold, Mother of Pearl and White Opal Cuff Links

A pair of English 18 karat gold cuff links. Each circular cuff link features a white opal center that has a background of black mother of pearl. The cuff links are chain linked and double-sided.

Gold, Mother of Pearl and White Opal Cuff Links

Art Deco Pearl, Mother of Pearl, Platinum over Gold Cuff Links by Carrington & Company

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.

Art Deco Pearl, Mother of Pearl, Platinum over Gold Cuff Links by Carrington & Company

"Abalone Linenfold" Desk Lamp by Tiffany Studios New York

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.

'Abalone Linenfold' Desk Lamp by Tiffany Studios New York

French Art Nouveau Mother-of-Pearl, Diamond and Gold Pendant Locket, Attributed to Edouard Colonna

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant locket with mother-of-pearl and diamond. The oval pendant locket designed with baroque mother-of-pearl plaques among swirling seaweed with subtle chased detail, two old mine-cut diamond highlights, approximate total weight 0.16 carats, swiveling open to a locket compartment, suspended from a conforming 14 karat gold chain of oval and circular trace links highlighted by seed pearls (28 inch chain of later manufacture). Note: This work strongly resembles that of Edouard Colonna, a restless, influential, still mysterious Art Nouveau designer, master of a variety of artistic media. His rich and interesting early career was spent in the United States, where he quickly found a position with Louis Comfort Tiffany''s "Associated Artists" interior design firm. While in the U.S. and Canada, Colonna created design books, later viewed as anticipating the decorative language of the Art Nouveau movement. The design volumes drew influences from sources as diverse as broom-corn and other botanical subjects to funerary sculpture from Ravenna. The acme of his career, from 1898-1902, was spent in Paris at L''Art Nouveau Gallery of Siegfried Bing, for whom Colonna designed a salon at the 1900 World Exposition. In a burst of creative energy, Colonna also produced elegant, quietly sensuous jewels integrating highly stylized botanical motifs, which won critical acclaim. Many of the jewels were executed at Bing''s Paris workshop.

French Art Nouveau Mother-of-Pearl, Diamond and Gold Pendant Locket, Attributed to Edouard Colonna