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JOHN PAUL COOPER (1869 - 1933)

A Highly Important Arts & Crafts Jewel


JOHN PAUL COOPER (1869 - 1933)

A Highly Important Arts & Crafts Jewel

Gold set with black blister pearls, moonstones, amethysts, chrysoprase, bowenite & rubies.

H  14.00cm (5.51 in)  |  W  9.30cm (3.66 in)

Origin England, 1908
Case Fitted Case
Condition Very good

This is a unique & striking example of Cooper’s mannerist essays in jewellery design. Expressing his passion for the mystery & meaning of precious metals & stones, this idiosyncratic jewel echoes the glory of medieval jewellery.
‘He aimed in all his work to embody all that is best & highest in life, with a beauty of creation that stamped him a great artist’ (Edward Gordon Craig, 6th May 1933)

John Jesse

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, cat. no. 435
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 2003, Handbook, Published in association with Harpers & Queen, Silver, Jewellery & Objects de Vertu, Tadema Gallery, Stand 28, illustrated p. 271.
John Paul Cooper sketch-book, no 470 entitled 'Big double gold brooch'
John Paul Cooper, Designer and Craftsman of the Arts & Crafts Movement, N. Natasha Kuzmanovic 1999, illustrated fig. 42
The Fine Art Society Ltd, in association with The Adelaide Festival of Arts and John Jesse, Jewellery and Jewellery Design, 1850-1930 & John Paul Cooper 1869-1933, 11th - 28th November 1975, catalogue number 232 illustrated
Helen Ritchie Designers & Jewellery 1850-1940, Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum, 2018, pp. 116-121 biography

Now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Price Code

Ref No   3904