Bernard Instone Silver, Amethyst, Green Garnet & Enamel ​Heart Shaped Pendant

£1,875

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Bernard Instone Silver, Amethyst, Green Garnet & Enamel ​Heart Shaped Pendant

£1,875

135

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A wonderful silver pendant that was made by Bernard Instone.  Bernard Instone (1891—1987) is a highly regarded and very collectable jeweller, designer and silversmith of the later British Arts and Crafts Instone was born in Kings Norton in Birmingham, and his artistic talent was apparent from a very early age. He was only twelve years old when he won a scholarship to the Birmingham school of jewellery,   where he studied under renowned Arts and Crafts jewellerArthur Gaskin. After leaving the School, Instone worked for a while for another renowned jeweller and craftsman, John Paul Cooper, and then studied in Berlin under Emil Lettre, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Court goldsmith. In October 1913 he was back in England, and began part-time teaching at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. As well as making pieces for the Gaskins and Bernard Cuzner and other teachers at the school, he also made his first commissions at this time. In 1920 he set up his own jewellers and silversmith works , Langstone Silver Works in Digbeth in Birmingham. The company worked from there until 1954 when it moved to Lode Lane in Solihull. As well as making his own designs, Instone produced jewellery for other jewellers, such as Sibyl Dunlop. Records say that “he visited [Dunlop] every Friday at her shop in Kensington, supplying her with made up designs already marked up with the SD mark ready for the retail market and [in the] 1940s Liberty became a customer after 25 years of trying to sell to them.”  His two sons came to work in the business, and Instone retired in 1963 to the Cotswolds, where he died in 1987. Instone was strongly inspired by nature, and floral themes occur in most of his pieces. His jewellery can be roughly divided into two types: that with enamel, and that without. This piece is unusual with a large upside down amethyst heart and set with small green garnets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by Olly Gerrish
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MeasurementsHeight from top of loop to base 59mm
Width 22mm
Condition Very Good
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to silver
Date & OriginMid-Century (1950s), English
ProvenanceEnglish

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