A large, statement Arts and Crafts brooch from England c1920, which is hand crafted and could well be a piece from the Amy Sandheim workshop in Notting Hill, London. It was acquired in London and I certainly have the feeling she hadn’t travelled far.
A long brooch, with a large domed amethyst cabochon on each end, set in a fabulously hand crafted bezel setting. The amethysts are well matched and are a lovely pale plum in colour. They are large, and have a diameter of approx 1.4cm each. The length of the brooch is decorated on the top with ropework, as was used a lot in A&C pieces.
The style is a little different for Sandheim, so it was perhaps an early piece, being reminiscent of some of the c1900-1910 pieces like those by William T Blackband for example. This is an organic and beautifully non-symmetrical brooch, with circles, coils and spirals. No straight lines, some slightly wobbly in execution but just statement in size and a very attractive piece all round. Probably designed originally to be worn vertically, this means you could pass a chain around the pin and wear as an elongated pendant too.
It measures approx 10.4cm in length and is approx 2.1cm at its widest. Stones n excellent order…slight bend at end of pin.