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Sibyl Dunlop - Superb 'Carpet of Gems' Bracelet

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SIBYL DUNLOP 1889-1968

Superb 'Carpet of Gems' Bracelet

Silver Chalcedony Amethyst

W  20.50 cm (8.07 in)  |  L  3.30 cm (1.30 in)

Origin British, c. 1930
Case Fitted Case

cf. Jewelry & Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition, Elyse Zorn Karlin, 1993, p. 54

Literature:
THE SIBYL DUNLOP "CARPET OF GEMS" STYLE Sibyl Dunlop jewellery and silverware, was mostly made, or supervised by Bill Nathanson. He sometimes referred to one of the design features of Sibyl Dunlop pieces as their "carpet of colours" or "carpet of gems" look. The key aspects of this look are: 1. A repeating pattern of closely interlocking stones that are set in collets with a single wall to hold adjacent stones. 2. The stones used in this way were cut in standardised sizes, colours, and shapes so that they could always be combined, and included more unusual shapes such as crescents, claws, chevrons, kite shapes, and triangles. This system of cutting stones dates from the late 1920s, and the "carpet of gems" look arose soon after. By the mid-1930s wide bracelets and neckpieces had been made in this way, as well as brooches, with elaborate carpet of gems patterns. Designs based on patterns of interlocking stones were never more than a small part of the firm's output. Collections include: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Royal Museum of Scotland & The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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Ref No   7582

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