A remarkably beautiful c1920s antique Arts and Crafts necklace attributed to Mary Thew, Glasgow School, which has a sublime colourway. These huge Moon agates are delightful stones which shift from silver to lilac as you move them. I did originally think this was a Sibyl Dunlop piece but further research confirmed a number of features leading me to Mary Thew.
A fabulously hand crafted piece of statement proportions, everything screams “hours of work”. All silver hand wrought, there are fabulous handcrafted twisted links and a very unusual silver link of a double coil. The large, glassy cabochons of agate (the necklace was sold to me as moonstone but I beg to differ) appear in three different shapes, very large round beads on the chain and on two drops, a large, central opal cabochon and finally, a large triangular cabochon on the central drop. All so tempting and very eye catching.
Typically, there are silver balls interspersed in the design, between stones and in clusters ( very typical Thew motif) at the terminal of the large drop and of each side of the intricate hand wrought central panel. The hand crafted silver links, have diamond like forms at the end, as I have seen in other Thew necklaces.
I love that this is not a sautoir length….it is the PERFECT length to show this amazing design at your chest / neck area. Hurrah!!! The wearable length is approx 42cm (just over 16.5 inches).The height of the main part of the pendant, from the top of the open work shield section to the bottom of the diamond-shaped drop is approx 7.7cm. The pendant section is just a touch under 6cm in width.
A heavy and substantial piece, which easily impresses those who see her. A beauty of an antique Arts and Crafts necklace, c1915-20, with beautiful detailing. The photos do not do this justice at all.
I shall post internationally by courier or else within the UK by Special Delivery.