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CHARLES ROBERT ASHBEE (1863-1942)

A Highly Important Guild of Handicraft Brooch In the form of a Peacock

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CHARLES ROBERT ASHBEE (1863-1942)

A Highly Important Guild of Handicraft Brooch In the form of a Peacock

Silver, gold, opal & peridot

H  8.70 cm (3.43 in)  |  W  4.20 cm (1.65 in)

Origin English, c. 1900
Marks Original fitted case by Marcus & Co The silk marked: 'MARCUS & CO. JEWELERS. 5th AVE.COR.45thST. NEW YORK'
Case Original Fitted Case
Condition Very good.

The peacock was one of Ashbee's favourite and most distinctive motifs. They are archetypal of the best and most innovative of the Guild of Handicrafts work.
Ashbee designed peacock jewels in varying styles and materials, two of them on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from about 1900 are made of silver or silver gilt mainly set with blister pearls. This Ashbee peacock pendant is extremely rare because of the unusual colour combination of the opals, enamel and peridot

Literature:
Documented 'Further designs from C.R. Ashbee's album of drawings number 1463 (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)
Pre-Raphaelite to Arts & Crafts Jewellery, 1989, Gere & Munn, p.186.
Illustrated: Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art, Hudson River Museum, New York, page 64. ISBN 978-0-943651-45-3.

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Ref No   6807

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