Brian Asquith

Ive just acquired a set of silver  jewellery by Brian Asquith. It is so stylish and typical of the time it was made (1977) that I decided to find out more. Can you imagine a trendy 70’s chick wearing this set? This was quite expensive at the time it was made just like designer pieces are these days. Brian…

Collecting Miracle Jewellery

Miracle Jewellery is one of the more collectable names in British costume jewellery. Made from the 1940s until the late 1900s, It is usually easily recognisable by its strong Scottish or Celtic styling. Also look for the maker’s name on the reverse. They made lots of brooches, pendants, bracelets and possible rings too. Miracle is actually a…

Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau

Some of the loveliest high art nouveau art works were painted by the Czechoslovakian artist Alphons Mucha. Mucha was born in 1860 and lived until 1939 .  He lived and worked in Vienna and Paris and had a theatrical design background. In 1895, he happened to be in the right place at the right time…

Joan Rivers Sale

Theres an amazing auction on at Christies in New York today – the jewellery collection of Joan Rivers.  There are some truly stunning pieces especially the Art Nouveau brooches. Some of these are so rare – lot 15 is my favourite with a lovely art nouveau maiden with long flowing tresses. Here is what Christies…

The Queens Jewels

Queen Elizabeth 11 , the lady with the very best jewellery in the world. Here are a selection of pictures showing off some of the better pieces. An acknowledgement. I have taken inspirations for this post from the wonderful blog Her Majestys Jewel Vault Wearing a stunning rose flower diamond brooch at Ascot 15/6/16 Here…

Bairnsfather Sketches

Bairnsfather in WW2

Ive always thought of Bruce Bairnsfather as an illustrator and humorist from the first world war. When I was starting out as an antiques dealer 20 years ago I would seek out pottery with his designs on as they always sold well. Barinsfather was an official war artist in the 1914 to 1918 war. He…