Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
Price range: £1,000-5,000
A large gold, moonstone and amethyst pendant dating to c. 1910. The design, very similar in style to the Artificers Guild, is infact by Liberty & Co and appears in the Liberty Jewellery sketch book number 9274. The pendant is set with really stunning, positively edible, moonstones and complimentary, subtle, purple cabochon amethysts.
Based on the design I am confident in attributing it to Bernard Cuzner, the Birmingham School of Art head of metalwork who designed much of Liberty’s silver after c. 1906 and, similarly, I think much of their jewellery. I have included an illustration of a Bernard Cuzner necklace from the Studio 1914, exhibiting a similar design also in the style of the Artificers Guild. Cuzner designed leaves with the same distinctive profiled, long central stem/vein.
The pendant condition is excellent. The gold chain is modern.
Maker: Liberty & Co
Designer: Bernard Cuzner (attrib)
Date : c 1910
Material: Gold (prob 15ct), moonstones, amethyst
Condition: Excellent. Modern chain.
Size: Diameter 3.0cm, drop 6.5cm, 42cm chain