1906-1915. A very rare survivor! ___________________________ This little crepe paper and wood Jenny Lind fan, made to look like a posy of flowers when folded closed, is very ordinary, except for the place it came from: the RMS Lusitania. Yep, THE Lusitania. (Btw, the price on the card in the lower photo is in Australian dollars, c2011.)
1890-1920. FANTASTIC set, made in 3-D micromosaic! ________________________________ The present owners (Aug,2014) are antique dealers who have never seen any micromosaic jewelry like this. The demi-parure (the fancy name for a small set of matched jewelry) came to them without provenance: the maker(s), place of origin, previous owners, etc, are complete mysteries. It is also unknown whether there were ever any other pieces made for this set. Materials: glass tiles in gold or gilt…
1760-90. Double-sided fan, "At the Couturier." Painted paper leaf, on sticks of mother-of-pearl accented with mica on the guards. France. Many elegant ladies are shopping at the couturiere's, while many interested gentlemen admire them through the front shop windows. Very unusual: the windowpanes are fine translucent silk, so that silhouettes of the painted details stand out when the fan is held up to the light.
c1900, a lovely bamboo brise Japanese fan, made to give a "stained glass" effect. The oar-shaped sticks are very thin and light. At the wide ends of the "oars," the centers were cut out; each window was then carefully covered from the back with a sliver of translucent silk. The silk was then hand painted, in this case with a courtly scene in a garden.
19C, probably 1840s-1860s, judging by the proportions. Guard sticks: 19.6 cm long (8 inches). There are no maker's marks on this, so there's no telling where this was made; though artisans in China and in the Middle East were highly skilled in filigree work. There is no record of what the missing fan-leaf looked like or was made of.
Early 19C --- A seed pearl pendant, with 10 larger pearls (possible an earring) --- This is interesting, because it's clearly coming apart, so we can see a bit of how it was made. The mount is a frame of ivory or bone, pierced so that the seed pearls could be "embroidered" onto it.
a Scottish gentleman's seal fob --- carved & faceted citrine, in an elaborate gold-plated case. The initials are "WC," the motto is "Touch Not the Cat But a Glove." Can't help wondering if there was a "with" that went missing.
15C --- Gem-set & enamelled lozenge-shaped gold brooch --- seen on eBay, July 2014, seller nadinekrakov, item number 281024890996 --- The brooch-pin on the back is a later addition; there are two flat pins under the brooch pin, suggesting that this may have originally been a dress or hat mount (could it even have been for men as well as women?).
19C. 4 pietra dura brooches. Top brooch in the diamond-set mount is about 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall. Seen at The French Jewelry Box shop, in Melbourne, Australia, in May, 2014. Pietra dura is a mosaic technique using carved, real stone pieces. Malachite, agate, and bloodstone, among others, are evident here. These brooches involve some incredibly minuscule bits! The technique is a centuries-old specialty of Italy.