Gouache and watercolour over pencil and chalk, with some touches of varnish, on card, coloured paper or parchment
The collection covers three distinct groups of jewellery design:
Fourteen drawings in watercolour and body-colour on buff coloured card, each of a pendant to wear on a chain on the neck or wrist. The majority to be set with a pearl, a drop or circular-cut coloured stone, all surrounded by filigree and beaded gold wire work frames, sometimes enhanced with enamel detail. Some are archaeological in style, with scroll motifs and palmettes derived from classical art. Others are distinctively naturalistic: a butterfly with white wings amidst foliage, vases full of stylised flowers, and two pine cone designs. In a box labelled Schmuck.
Thirty-Five drawings in watercolour and body-colour on black card, each of a clip to be created in platinum and diamonds with variously cut stones. Most are all-white designs, some designs to be set with calibré-cut rubies or sapphires. Several for designs of double clips. The motifs are abstract curved and scroll shapes and strongly geometric designs. These have been illustrated as they were intended to be worn, gripping the edge of the fabric of the dress; these double clips were the most representative jewel of the late Art Deco period. Possibly French, late 1930s.
Seventeen Drawings in watercolour and body-colour on black card, each of a brooch, single or double-clip. Some to be made in platinum and diamond, others in gold wire with coloured stones. In addition to abstract designs for the double clips naturalism is strongly represented by shells, a feather and birds.
Comprising: 67 drawings of jewellery designs in three boxes ; respectively containing 14 drawings on cardboard, 36 drawings on coloured card and 17 drawings on coloured papers; depicting hand coloured designs for jewels to be created in gold and platinum, to be set with precious and semi-precious gemstones, image measurements approximately 163mm x 127mm, 220mm x 130mm and 240mm x 180mm, unsigned, part illustrated.
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