Arts & Crafts Jade Pendant
Gorgeous Arts & Crafts pendant dating from the turn of the 20th century. Built in sterling silver, it features organic, flowing lines and curves with a lover's not at the bottom and a black nephrite jade teardrop cabochon centrepiece. A rare example of the style, encapsulating the ethos of the Arts & Crafts movement with grace and flair.
The English Arts & Crafts movement, hand-in-hand with continental Art Nouveau and Jugendstil, can be interpreted as a backlash against the violent industrialism and strict social conventions of the Victorian era, but it was more than that: the intention was to make the fine arts more affordable, and ultimately more accessible, for everyone - not just society's elites. Beginning with the Pre Raphaelites, and later spearheaded by William Morris, the style flourished throughout all disciplines of the Decorative Arts from the late 19th century through to the middle of the 20th century. Their works drew on natural forms and motifs - wild flowers and foliage, birds, animals, and the female form - often heavily stylised, but always recognisable. Another important source of inspiration came from Medieval art and literature, particularly the Arthurian legends, Quattrocentro Italian art, and the intricate scrollwork found in illuminated manuscripts. Jewellers diverged from the florid and ornate traditions of the High Victorian period, placing more emphasis on form, craft, and wearability. This was not only a movement away from Victorian industry and technology, but was intended to make jewellery more affordable for everyone.
Era: Arts & Crafts, circa 1900
Size: 4.1cm by 2.3cm
Stone: Nephrite Jade
Marks: None, tested as sterling silver
Condition: Great antique condition
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