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GEORGE FRAMPTON (1850 - 1928)

'The Tree of Life' A highly important enamel jewel


GEORGE FRAMPTON (1850 - 1928)

'The Tree of Life' A highly important enamel jewel

Gilded silver, enamel

H  12.50cm (4.92 in)  |  W  8.70cm (3.43 in)

Origin British, 1898
Marks Monogrammed & dated in gold: ‘GF’ ‘1898’
Case Fitted Case

Mounted in gilded silver for wear as a brooch, pendant or waist-clasp. The Aesthetic Movements taste for Japonisme is graphically illustrated in this monumental design
In a critique of Frampton's work in enamels, which describes & illustrates this jewel, executed for his wife, The Studio comments: 'It was in despair of providing Mrs Frampton with really artistically effective ornaments that Mr Frampton was struck with the idea of himself producing these entirely in enamel'. ‘Jewellery and other Enamel Work by G.J. Frampton, A.R.A.’, in The Studio, vol. 16, no. 71, February 1899, pp. 249-52, illustrated p. 250]
One of the three is in the collection of the City Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

Illustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 119
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 1999, Handbook, Published in association with Harpers & Queen, Silver, Jewellery & Objects of Vertu, Tadema Gallery, Stand 21, illustrated p. 264.
Art Nouveau Jewellery, Arnoldsche & Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim 1999, p.64-78 about GaillardVictor Arwas, Art Nouveau in Britain, from Mackintosh to Liberty, 2000, Andreas Papadakis, Illustrated p.147
R, Rücklin, Das Schmuck Buch, Leipzig 1901, Th. Schäfer, Hannover, 1982 Edition, illustrated p. 178, fig. 9

Acquired by the National Museums Scotland

Price Code

Ref No   2333