Arts & Crafts

Fanciful Arts & Crafts brooch, Dorrie Nossiter circa 1935

This unusual brooch from England in the 1930s is a special piece of jewellery. Its design vibrates between natural form and art, between shape and design - and is thus an excellent example of the late style of the British Arts and Crafts Movement (Cf. them "Learn more..."). The basic shape of the brooch with its round frame is reminiscent of a brooch from classical antiquity. Five amethysts in deep purple are set into a multi-layered mesh of d foliage, reminiscent of goldsmith's work of the Middle Ages. The design unfolds on one side of the circle and makes its way to both sides. The unsigned brooch was undoubtedly created in the circle of one of the most important representatives of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th century, Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977). Nossiter lived in London from 1935, where she participated in numerous exhibitions. One of the most sensational of these was "Art by Four Women" at Walker's Gallery, London, where Nossiter exhibited from 1935 to 1939. It is from this period that the last photograph shown here, and almost certainly our brooch, dates. In the old photograph you can see very similar pieces, which will most certainly have inspired our brooch as well. The brooch is a wonderful example of a piece of jewellery of the continuation of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is a wonderful eye-catcher on the lapel and an ideal addition to any good jewellery collection.

The Arts and Craft Movement was a movement in arts and crafts, first British and later American, from the second half of the 19th century to about 1920. Founded by William Morris, John Ruskin and a group of painters, architects, and other artists came together to find a new connection between art, society, and work. Morris, in particular, placed great emphasis on his own work, the joy of manual labor, and natural beauty of the material. Therefore, many of the designs of this group are characterized by a certain craftsmanship of the design and a powerful, sometimes at first glance somewhat coarse-looking design language, which in detail, however, then again inspires with its ingenuity and workmanship. In the age of machine production, the artists of Arts and Crafts wanted to achieve a return to craftsmanship and a reunification of art and craftsmanship with the aim of restoring the creative fullness of craftsmanship. In this endeavour, their ideas met those of the artists of Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau on the continent, and both art movements shared many common ideas about form.

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