Arts & Crafts

Unusual gold ring with amethyst, probably England around 1900

The Arts and Crafts 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. In an age of machine production of objects, Arts and Crafts artists sought a return to craft and a reunion of art and craft - with the aim of restoring the creative fullness of the craft. In this endeavor, their ideas converged with those of Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau artists on the continent, and the two art movements shared many common ideas about form. Morris, in particular, placed great emphasis on his own work, the joy of craftsmanship and the 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 also somewhat coarse-looking design language, which in detail, however, then again inspires with its ingenuity and workmanship. The ring here, hand chased from solid sheet gold, is a fine example of this style. In the center of the design we see a festively sparkling faceted amethyst. The stone is effectively inlaid into the large ring head from below. A trefoil of voluminous sweeps surrounds the gemstone like waves, leaving the hammer blows visible in the material. This creates a finely marbled surface. It is precisely this blend of proudly displayed craftsmanship and modern dynamic forms that define this form of English Art Nouveau. The ring came to us from West Germany and has been given a new rail once in the course of its history. This allows this exciting piece to be worn in an uncomplicated manner.

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