A lovely, rare example of the work of George Edward Hunt (1892-1960), the talented Arts and Crafts jewellery designer, who attended Birmingham’s famed Vittoria Street School. George became deaf at a young age and was known to have worked on his distinctive jewellery in a workshop at the bottom of the garden-in true Arts and Crafts style! His pieces are rare, as he did not mass produce his work, preferring to work on each himself as a separate and unique work of art.
Hunt’s work is often typified by the use of small enamelled heart-shaped leaves and the use of semi-precious stones. In this fabulous brooch we have both blue enamelled leaves (also enamelled on the verso!) along with a wonderfully large, oval-cut natural aquamarine (tested) and two pearls.
The aquamarine is in pristine condition and bounces light wonderfully. The blue enamelling on the leaves undoubtedly connects well to the central stone and the pearls lighten the whole aesthetic even further.
I suspect this particular brooch has flown under the radar for quite some time but there are many tell-tale signs that this is Hunt, apart from his usual touches the bar form of the brooch is also identical to others I have come across. The original box, also in excellent condition, helps us to firm things up. It is from a Liverpool jewellery store and Hunt was known to exhibit many times in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, in fact he exhibited in their Autumn exhibition most years from 1920 to 1935.
I shall send the brooch to you in her original box so that they can stay together. Hunt pieces are becoming very scarce indeed and this aquamarine piece is such a great one to acquire, having those typical Hunt enamelled leaves. Original box and an aquamarine pretty much seal the deal! 🙂 In pleasing condition, a little bend on the bezel collar on the verso but does not affect the front.
Complimentary tracked and signed is included. Thank you.