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A most wonderful example of Amy Sandheim’s work, featuring clusters of large opals, water opals and opal doublets. The colours on this dynamic piece as she moves around are simply wonderful. Created in c1925 and showing typical Sandheim touches, such as the small flower details, crafted in silver wire.
Such opulence in the use of large stones, this is a huge Arts and Crafts statement from one of the most inspired makers working in England in that era. Even the bale is integrated beautifully into the design, as it is set with an opal too. The long, original sautoir is a joy to see, as these are lost in many instances. I tried it on (as you have to!) and I could see exactly where they used to wear these pendants….so low on the body and so interesting to see. You can, of course, double the chain to make it a more contemporary length if you prefer.
Although pale blue is the basis of the colour range, there are purples, yellows, greens pinks and reds too from the different types of opals used in the cross design. The pendant has a lovely cross-formed feathered, silver structural support to the reverse, which gives it solid integrity. I have other Amy pieces, which must have been earlier than this piece as she has added her own smaller supports at weak points in her design. Looks like she learned that a support structure of this type was a better bet. She was incredibly ambitious in the size of her pieces and with how many gems with which they were decorated.
The pendant measures approx 11.6cm in height by approx 7.6cm wide – a statement piece indeed! The original Amy sautoir chain measures approx 130cm (51 inches).
In excellent condition. The opal on the bale has a natural inclusion. A joy of a piece! I shall send by international courier or else by Tracked and Signed within the UK. Thank you. Boxes in the images are for display only but I will put her in a box to keep her safe t=for transit.