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Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

This summer, from 28 June – 4 July 2018, antique jewellery specialists Wartski will be exhibiting at Masterpiece London (stand C1), in The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Antique jewellery specialists by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, Wartski, will return to this world class event with some alluring and notable pieces which could be seen as an association with the Royal family given the recent wedding! A 17th century Iberian carved rock crystal and enamelled talisman clenched hand (pictured below), was worn as a powerful amulet to promote fertility and to protect its wearer from the evil eye– dark and magical forces. Rock crystal was considered to have powerful prophylactic properties. It was believed that when dipped into a liquid, it would neutralise any poisons which might be present and confer healing properties on the solution. The figa would have been worn from a belt or from a chatelaine containing other talismans.   The hand is mounted beneath an elaborate enamelled yellow gold cuff in palette of white and blue, topped with a suspension loop. This clenched hand, with the thumb protruding between the first and second fingers, is a potent symbol from the ancient world. It

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

A carved rock crystal and enamelled talisman.

A beautiful aquamarine and diamond necklace by Carl Fabergé, circa 1900, will also be on offer from Wartski at Masterpiece London. The necklace is formed of three diamond-set interlocking circles, through which the fine platinum chain is passed, suspending two faceted aquamarine drops, each from a diamond-set circle motif.

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018
Necklace, Carl Fabergé, c.1900, Aquamarines and diamonds.


Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

A jewelled and enamelled gold photograph f rame by Carl Fabergé.

Another Fabergé piece brought by Wartski is a jewelled and enamelled gold 19th century photograph frame, contained in its original silk and velvet lined fitted hollywood case. This stunning gold and pale blue frame is an unusual triangular shape, centred by an oval rose diamond bordered aperture and draped with four coloured   gold floral festoons hanging from a pearl.

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

Bracelet, Mel illo, c.1890, Gold.

Further highlights include a striking solid gold Mellillo  bracelet, consisting of seven square hinged plaques with two semi-circular panels, each decorated with  intricate  Etruscan style motifs and abstract designs. The reverse of each panel is decorated with stylised wirework flowers with four elongated petals which extend to the corners. The central plaque applied to the reverse with a gold plate is inscribed:“Executed  by  Eduardo Melillo Under the Direction of  Giacinto  Melillo, Napoli, Marzo 1899.”Signed: ‘GM’ for Giacinto Melillo, Naples, circa 1890. The design for this bracelet derived from  jewels in the Campana collection, purchased by Napoleon III in 1860-61 for the French state. The collection contains three bracelets adapted  from  Etruscan  gold  elements  which are similarly decorated with granulation and wirework.  These distinctive jewels were illustrated in a catalogue published by the Louvre in 1862. In the same year, Castellani exhibited a bracelet at the International Exhibition in London which was inspired by these Etruscan ornaments.

Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

An antique gold mounted brooch.

An antique English gold mounted brooch, imaginatively carved in the form of an eye, is among Wartski’s treasures. The magic of this piece is the fact it is composed of an agate composed of five layers of different colour. The eye has been carved from the natural stone, and is mounted in yellow gold, with a locket compartment to the reverse, and is dated circa 1880.

Wartski news for later this year:

Wartski will move premises from Grafton Street to a new showroom situated at 60 St James’s Street, late summer 2018. The gallery has been designed in partnership with Waldo Works, architects and interior designers renowned for their modern British design output and ability to translate a firm's identity into an engaging physical environment.

The new location marks the next chapter in Wartski’s long and illustrious history and places them closer to other heritage businesses and royal warrant holders such as Locke & Co hat Makers (established in 1676), the wine merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd (established in 1698), Justerini & Brooks (established in 1749) and Lobb the bootmakers (established in 1849).

 

 



News & Fairs Previews

Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

This summer, from 28 June – 4 July 2018, antique jewellery specialists Wartski will be exhibiting at Masterpiece London (stand C1), in The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Antique jewellery specialists by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, Wartski, will return to this world class event with some alluring and notable pieces which could be seen as an association with the Royal family given the recent wedding! A 17th century Iberian carved rock crystal and enamelled talisman clenched hand (pictured below), was worn as a powerful amulet to promote fertility and to protect its wearer from the evil eye– dark and magical forces. Rock crystal was considered to have powerful prophylactic properties. It was believed that when dipped into a liquid, it would neutralise any poisons which might be present and confer healing properties on the solution. The figa would have been worn from a belt or from a chatelaine containing other talismans.   The hand is mounted beneath an elaborate enamelled yellow gold cuff in palette of white and blue, topped with a suspension loop. This clenched hand, with the thumb protruding between the first and second fingers, is a potent symbol from the ancient world. It

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

A carved rock crystal and enamelled talisman.

A beautiful aquamarine and diamond necklace by Carl Fabergé, circa 1900, will also be on offer from Wartski at Masterpiece London. The necklace is formed of three diamond-set interlocking circles, through which the fine platinum chain is passed, suspending two faceted aquamarine drops, each from a diamond-set circle motif.

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018
Necklace, Carl Fabergé, c.1900, Aquamarines and diamonds.


Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

A jewelled and enamelled gold photograph f rame by Carl Fabergé.

Another Fabergé piece brought by Wartski is a jewelled and enamelled gold 19th century photograph frame, contained in its original silk and velvet lined fitted hollywood case. This stunning gold and pale blue frame is an unusual triangular shape, centred by an oval rose diamond bordered aperture and draped with four coloured   gold floral festoons hanging from a pearl.

Antiques News & Fairs - Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

Bracelet, Mel illo, c.1890, Gold.

Further highlights include a striking solid gold Mellillo  bracelet, consisting of seven square hinged plaques with two semi-circular panels, each decorated with  intricate  Etruscan style motifs and abstract designs. The reverse of each panel is decorated with stylised wirework flowers with four elongated petals which extend to the corners. The central plaque applied to the reverse with a gold plate is inscribed:“Executed  by  Eduardo Melillo Under the Direction of  Giacinto  Melillo, Napoli, Marzo 1899.”Signed: ‘GM’ for Giacinto Melillo, Naples, circa 1890. The design for this bracelet derived from  jewels in the Campana collection, purchased by Napoleon III in 1860-61 for the French state. The collection contains three bracelets adapted  from  Etruscan  gold  elements  which are similarly decorated with granulation and wirework.  These distinctive jewels were illustrated in a catalogue published by the Louvre in 1862. In the same year, Castellani exhibited a bracelet at the International Exhibition in London which was inspired by these Etruscan ornaments.

Wartski at Masterpiece London - 28 June – 4 July 2018

An antique gold mounted brooch.

An antique English gold mounted brooch, imaginatively carved in the form of an eye, is among Wartski’s treasures. The magic of this piece is the fact it is composed of an agate composed of five layers of different colour. The eye has been carved from the natural stone, and is mounted in yellow gold, with a locket compartment to the reverse, and is dated circa 1880.

Wartski news for later this year:

Wartski will move premises from Grafton Street to a new showroom situated at 60 St James’s Street, late summer 2018. The gallery has been designed in partnership with Waldo Works, architects and interior designers renowned for their modern British design output and ability to translate a firm's identity into an engaging physical environment.

The new location marks the next chapter in Wartski’s long and illustrious history and places them closer to other heritage businesses and royal warrant holders such as Locke & Co hat Makers (established in 1676), the wine merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd (established in 1698), Justerini & Brooks (established in 1749) and Lobb the bootmakers (established in 1849).