Monday, October 14, 2013

Gifts of Grandeur: The Ashbee Ship Brooch, 1903

The Victoria & Albert Museum

We have previously studied the Arts and Crafts silverwork of English jeweler Charles Robert Ashbee. Here, we see a brooch of gilded silver, gold, enamel and turquoises in his trademark style. This brooch, depicting a ship on stormy seas, was converted from a pendant which had previously been attached to a necklace

The original necklace has been made by Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft and featured many similar pendants which were hung like charms. The motif of the ship was a favorite of Ashbee's who repeated it frequently. 

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