A rose quartz, chrysoprase and topaz pendant necklace, by H. G. Murphy,

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Lot 265
A rose quartz, chrysoprase and topaz pendant necklace,
by H. G. Murphy, 1931

Sold for £ 3,500 (US$ 4,406) inc. premium

Jewellery

13 Aug 2014, 11:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

A rose quartz, chrysoprase and topaz pendant necklace, by H. G. Murphy, 1931
The pear-shaped rose quartz suspended in a fluted silver frame set with white topaz, step-cut amethysts and cabochon chrysoprase, to a similar necklace, maker's mark HGM, Falcon Studio mark, rose quartz repaired near apex, pendant length 8.0cm, necklace 58.5cm

Footnotes

  • This necklace can be seen as an example of the change in style between the Arts and Crafts movement to the geometric Art Deco period. The architectural style and angular lines are well balanced with the curved gems of the earlier period. Murphy was particularly proficient at adapting to the changing times and his pieces were always at the forefront of iconic British design.

    The Falcon Studio was established at 58 Weymouth St, Marylebone in 1928 and elevated Murphy to the levels of the highest silversmiths in London. Large premises like these were rare at the time and allowed for considerable creative freedom and interaction by designers of the period. The studio was named in honour of his wife Jessie; a 'Jess' is a piece of leather used to bind a falcon's feet to the wrist.

    To see the original studio photograph of this piece see, Atterbury, Paul and John Benjamin, "The Jewellery and Silver of H.G. Murphy", Antique Collectors Club, 2005, p.62.
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A rose quartz, chrysoprase and topaz pendant necklace, by H. G. Murphy,
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