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Finn Jensen Norway silver gilt and green enamel lily pad Pin Brooch

By in Pins/brooches, US/European |

I love Scandinavian design and especially the amazing jewelry that came out of that part of Europe so if you combine that with my weakness for any kind of enamel work, it is understandable that I am thrilled to be presenting here a gorgeous pin by Finn Jensen of Norway. In the shape of a lily pad the pin is wrought in gilded sterling and boasts the most translucent, glistening, perfect green enamel. There is something magical about this brooch as if it has the ability to transport you in the deep, luscious forests of an old fairy tale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 1 1/2″ tall; 14.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with Finn Jensen’s logo as well as “NORWAY STERLING” and “925S”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with flawless, shimmering enamel in one of the most amazing greens I have seen, a warmly mellowed gilding that is more obvious on...

ca 1900 Bernhard Hertz Denmark skonvirke silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ Scandinavian Art Nouveau

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Superbly crafted, a ca 1900 Danish skonvirke silver brooch adorned with blue and green jasper signed by Bernhard Hertz, one of the best, early Scandinavian Art Nouveau designers. I am at a loss as to what to talk about first! Skonvirke jewelry has something very magical about it – I don’t know if it’s the softly sculptural beauty each piece has that reminds me of ancient, moss-covered forest floors or the almost pulsating repoussage that embraces the stones in the most ginger, delicate way. Here it is not only the generous size that makes this brooch irresistible, it’s the patina and the wonderful color of the jasper – blue and green for the cabs and dyed dark lapis for the dangle. Art Nouveau at its most enchanting…   Size/Weight: 3 1/4″ tall (including the dangle) by 2 7/8″ wide; 28.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked as shown...

late Art Deco European 800 silver and pearls foliate Bracelet

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Pearls are among my favorite jewelry components and the ones in this fabulous late Art Deco silver bracelet are wonderful little spheres of glistening white. There is something magical about pearls, the way they are created, and their absolute elegance. Here they are set in sculptural foliate links, as if somebody just threw a handful of them in the garden and just left them there among the leaves. Though it is hallmarked, I have not been able to identify the maker of the bracelet – the marks are just too tiny. It is, however, a European piece since it is made of 800 silver – could be German, could be early Scandinavian. Does it matter, though?   Size/Weight: 8 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 1/4″ wide; 56.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: tiny hallmarks for metal quality (800) and maker; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with warmly glowing patina that reflects and...

heavy Art Deco silver interwoven links Chain Necklace

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Heavy and very well made this sterling silver chain necklace is comprised of thick, interwoven links and was made in the early part of the 20th c.. Difficult to come by any more chains like this are perfect to combine with chunky Victorian watch fobs yet they are substantial enough to hold their own even when you wear them alone. I don’t know what attracts me more – the wonderfully warm patina it has developed over its long life or the generous weight and imposing presence. Irresistible…   Size/Weight: 16 7/8″ long (wearable) by 5/16″ wide; 59.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; 1910s-30s Condition: excellent vintage with the most silky patina ever, a pleasure to wear, with no damage or repairs noted and strong presence     Offered at $265.00 Contact us about this...

antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt putti Pin Brooch with garnets and pearls

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A beautiful survivor of a by-gone era known for its magnificent jewelry, this Austro-Hungarian silver gilt brooch features cast little putti holding pearl disks in their hands against an open-work, layered background. The brooch is in fact one half of what used to be a two-part belt buckle. Its pair lost who knows when and how, it was converted into a pin so we can still enjoy it. Adorned with garnets and possibly some black enamel that shows signs of its long life, the brooch is generous in size and adorable…   Size/Weight: 2 1/6″ square; 34.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content (at least not this part of the original belt buckle) yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 purity which was the standard for Austro-Hungarian jewelry of the period; late 19th – early 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with no...

early Deco Georg Jensen sterling silver Bracelet des. no 3

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An early Deco example of Georg Jensen’s design #3 bracelet, this piece was made in the late 1920s-early 1930s as indicated by the combination of hallmarks that it bears. Executed in all-silver, its floral and foliate links have the sculptural quality that Jensen jewelry is known and collected for, accentuated by the wonderful patina that developed over the bracelet’s long life…   Size/Weight: 7  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that date in the late 1920s-early 1930s period Condition: very good vintage with no unsightly damage nor any repairs, just a minor impression on the topmost beads of two links – hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not offensive at all.   Offered at $950.00 Contact us about this...