A pair of ebony earrings by Charles de Temple

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Lot 190
A pair of ebony earrings
by Charles de Temple

Sold for £ 744 (US$ 963) inc. premium
A pair of ebony earrings by Charles de Temple
each elongated ebony hoop randomly inset with textured abstract motifs, one such motif over a ground of mother-of-pearl, both with maker's mark CdeT, length 4.1cm.

Footnotes

  • Andrew Grima and Charles de Temple were both leading proponents of a new movement in jewellery design that was to emerge in Britain in the 1960s. Both belonged to a new breed of jewellery designers who eschewed the traditional conservative aesthetic, which dictated that ‘fine’ jewellery was a function designed around a diamond or other precious gemstone. Whilst there have always been artist jewellers who have flouted the normal trends of their day, Grima, de Temple and their contemporaries were among some of the first in Britain to attempt to bring the idea of individually designed jewellery into the mainstream. These designers were feeding a new taste in jewellery that turned its back on the past, “No longer was a fashionable woman expected to carry the weight of the Empire, the white man’s burden represented by several hundred carats of diamonds upon her head and shoulders. The only convention was that she should reject convention; she could be herself so she began looking for jewels which would say something about her personality.” (Hinks, Twentieth Century British Jewellery, 1900 – 1980, Faber & Faber 1983). These pioneers were to soon have an effect on the output of the established jewellery houses. By the 1970s large firms started to include in their stock jewellery that incorporated semi-precious stones and crystals: where the value could not be measured by the weight of the gold or stones, but by the individual design and craftsmanship that went into it. Our modern-day acceptance of unusual stones and materials in jewellery has its origin in the work of the designers of the 1960s, whose work must have seemed so original and daring at the time.
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