This tree-in-a-pot brooch was made in France in the 1920s or 30s, and bears French control marks for 18ct and an unidentified maker''s mark. The leaves of the tree are emeralds, probably carved in India, interspersed with rubies and diamonds, standing in a pot of ''wooden'' slats with drop-ring handles.
It shows the very strong Indian influence on deco design at at a time when the Indian Maharajahs were bringing their ancestral jewels to Europe to be reset in the latest fashion. Jewellers were strongly influenced by the colourful Indian gems, and also by Chinoiserie, Assyrian and above all Egyptian revival, inspired by the discovery of Tutankhamun''s tomb in 1923.
The brooch is 2 1/4 inches: 58 mm in height
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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