Arts & Crafts Jewelley

PUBLISHED: 17:31 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:34 20 February 2013

1) Circular brooch

1) Circular brooch

Jewellery from the Arts & Crafts period is becoming increasingly collectable says Tarn Harrison of Bonhams in Knowle.

Jewellery from the Arts & Crafts period is becoming increasingly collectable says Tarn Harrison of Bonhams in Knowle.

Pieces of jewellery by followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement are becoming more and more popular, pieces by female designers are quite rare.

Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977) was born in Aston, Birmingham, and studied at the Central Municipal School of Art, Margaret St, Birmingham, from 1910-1914. Shortly afterwards she moved with her family to Crafnant, Dorset, and then to London, where she lived, and worked, in Lissenden Gardens. Many of her designs drew inspiration from floral and botanical themes, which complemented the Arts and Crafts principles of honest design and workmanship, faithful to nature. The circular brooch, set with moonstones, sapphires, rubies, and seed pearls (1) has an estimate of £1,000-1,500. A flower spray brooch, set with amethysts, turquoise, aquamarines and other stones (2), which is expected to fetch 800-1,200.

A contemporary of Dorrie Nossiter, Amy Sandheim also worked in London, producing bright, stylish pieces of jewellery. Her father and uncle ran a successful silversmithing business from premises at 130 Notting Hill Gate, and it is here that Amy learnt her craft. She was friends with Dorrie Rossiter and was fascinated with coloured semi-precious stones. A large opal and gem-set pendant, (3) in its original case, is estimated at 500-700, and an amethyst pendant and chain, (4) showing Amy's interest in elaborate mounts cast from silver. is expected to realise 300-400.

Bonhams sale of Decorative Arts, including Arts and Crafts Jewellery, is at the Knowle saleroom on Tuesday 4th November. For further details contact Tarn Harrison on 01564 732963 or email tarn.harrison@bonhams.com

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