Putti with Goats
An intriguing, hand carved shell cameo depicting putti (in Renaissance art; a chubby male child, sometimes winged) playing with two goats set in a solid gold brooch mount.
Estimated as C. 1900
Popularised by Polidoro da Caravaggio's painting 'Putti with Goats' in 1527 and Filippo Baldinucci's sculpture 'The Goat Amalthea with the Infant Jupiter and a Faun' in 1609.
This popular subject for artists finds its inspiration in the Greek mythology and depicts Zeus as a child with the goddess Amalthea, often represented as a goat, who nursed the infant in a cave on a mountain in Crete so that Cronos would not hear his wailing.
A pleasing bar brooch in 9ct yellow gold featuring a hand painted duck on mother-of-pearl.
Leda and the Swan
This is a magnificent and genuinely antique brooch comprising a rose gold mount and hand carved shell depicting the mythological scene described below. From the late Victorian era.
Ancient Greek mythology tells of Zeus taking the form of a swan in order to seduce Leda, the beautiful Spartan queen. He sired two children; Pollux, who eventually formed the constellation Gemini with his brother Castor, and Helen, whose unmatched beauty led to the sacking of Troy and Homers epic poem The Illiad.
This is a fabulous pin brooch in 9ct yellow gold set with a slice of banded 'landscape' agate; a real standout piece.
A genuine Worcester hand painted plaque dated as marked in 1912, set in a rose gold brooch mount from the same period.
Signed by Richard Sebright himself (b.1868 - d.1951) who was considered the finest fruit painter of his generation, possibly the finest of all time at Royal Worcester. Sebright was also a fine flower painter, especially in watercolours, and he exhibited many at the Royal Academy.
One of the most impressive cameo carvings we have seen in a long time! A natural shell hand carved with St. George and the Dragon set in a 9ct brooch mount. Pre owned but immaculate.
The legend of St. George and the Dragon describes a saint taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices, the next of which was to be a princess.
This legend was subjugated by the church in the 14th century and Westernised to show St. George as a chivalrous crusader knight with the red and white of St. Georges cross as his heraldery, however, this brooch is rare as it shows St. George as a Thracian horseman which makes this a depiction of the original legend, set in 11th century Cappodecia (modern day Turkey).
A beautiful oval specimen of natural 'Blue John' set in an English made, top quality solid 9ct gold brooch mount. The item is second hand but in great condition.
Blue John is a form of the mineral flourite. Also known as Derbyshire Spar it banded with purple-blue or yellowish colour. In the UK it is only found at either Blue John Cavern or Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton, Derbyshire.
This unusual hand carved shell depicting the Charites is set in a fully hallmarked brooch mount. The item is second hand but in excellent condition.
The Charites are three goddesses in Greek mythology who represent and bestow charm, beauty, creativity and fertility. Individually known as a Charis, their names are Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia. In Roman mythology they are know as Gratiae, or The Three Graces.
A charming 'mizpah' brooch in silver with applied rose and yellow gold decoration. Absolutely typical of the late 1800's
Mizpah is Hebrew for "watchtower." It is mentioned in the Bible story of Jacob and Laban who made a pile of stones to mark an agreement between two people, with God as their watching witness.
Today, mizpah has come to mean an emotional bond between people who are separated, either physically or by death. Mizpah jewellery bears the words "The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another" which is a direct quote from Genesis 31:49.
Featuring brilliant cut Diamonds and natural Emeralds, this brooch is set in a fully hallmarked 9ct yellow gold cresent and fitted with a safety catch and chain.
- Emerald is the birthstone for May
- Diamond is the birthstone for April
The crescent is primarily used to represent the moon, not necessarily in a particular lunar phase. Throughout human history a cresent moon has symbolised feminity, creation, re-birth and growth.
Moon and Star
A solid 9ct yellow gold moon and star design brooch set with natural Sapphires and a 'safety visor' catch.
- Sapphire is the birthstone for September
The crescent moon and morning star (Venus) were used in ancient Greece as symbolic of their divine personifications; Artemis and Phosphorus. Today the symbol is most well known as a symbol of the former Ottoman Empire and, by extension, the Islamic world.
This really is an outstanding brooch; fully hallmarked as London 1963 and styled as a pair of beautifully made silver tulips.
In the early 1600's tulips were so fashionable in the Netherlands that they were used as currency by wealthy Dutch merchants who invested in bulbs but their popularity dramatically collapsed in February 1637. This is considered the worlds first speculative bubble.
A stunning brooch made from solid, fully hallmarked 9ct yellow gold featuring a beautifully constructed Viking longship suspended below a solid bar brooch.
The word Viking comes from the Old English word 'wicing' which means pirate. Their longships were built long, thin and shallow and designed to be effective both at sea and on rivers (in just 1m of water) so their occupants could sail inland for a surprise attack!