A very attractive example of an early twentieth century Arts and Crafts winged creature brooch by Mary Thew, Glasgow School. This lovely brooch demonstrates well numerous Thew motifs and touches. It is a confirmed Mary Thew design.
The way the silver setting has been moulded around the slices of abalone for the wings, is clearly hand crafted with a slight rustic edge. The intertwined sections of rope work around the central chrysoprase stone is, again, typical Thew. As is the placement of the four silver balls at the narrow ends of the wings’ sections.
The greens of the abalone and the chrysoprase have been so beautifully paired here. I love the stone selections in Thew’s work. If you flip over the brooch, you will see a long strand of that typical Thew intertwined large-scale ropework, which can be found in some of her rings too.
The brooch is in pleasing condition…a pin head of abalone is missing but this is a natural quirk of the material rather than accidental damage. Some patina to the reverse you may wish to polish away. This winged brooch measures approx 8cm from wing tip to wing tip. She is ready to fly to you!!!
Please note the box in the images is for display only but I will send in another box. Please note I am not currently sending to Germany.