A Sibyl Dunlop fully signed Arts and Crafts large silver citrine foliate brooch, dating from the c1930s. It is an attractive foliate design, set with coiled tendrils and leaves in an openwork decoration around the large and impressive citrine stone.
This beautifully-cut and sparkly citrine is open-backed and has the usual rope work detailing at its base. The leaves are most likely vine leaves and they have been detailed by hand.
I think this is a very pretty piece to own, especially as it has the “SD” maker’s stamp to the verso. This seems to be an earlier piece than some of the other Sibyl citrine pieces I currently have. From the construction, I would also say this was made by Bernard Instone at his Langstone silver works. The finish is quite familiar to me. I love, for example the edging to the brooch when viewed from the side with those lovely rectangular gaps. As is typical for better pieces, the pin is made of gold.
The brooch really is in excellent order with a perfect bright, sparkling citrine, which is a rarity in itself. She measures approx 4.7cm by approx 3.5cm . It wears beautifully, as you would expect with this wonderful stone. Sibyl had a reputation for choosing the best-cut stones and this one illustrates that very well. There is some age related patina to the reverse which you may decide to clean away.
I will send in a new gift box as the box in the images are for display only-thank you.
She will be sent by Tracked and Signed post.