A group of early 19th century Berlin ironwork jewellery
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A group of early 19th century Berlin ironwork jewellery

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A group of early 19th century Berlin ironwork jewellery
Comprising: a bracelet composed of openwork scrolling panels to a cartouche design clasp with openwork flowerhead centre, clasp signed Geiss A Berlin; a necklace composed of shaped openwork scroll panels with floral centres, to foliate twin scroll connecting links and matching clasp; and a pair of cagework design articulated earpendants composed of three graduated spheres with waisted divisions, to openwork rounded square panel tops, later post fittings; in later fitted case
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Cf. Ibid., plate 44, Anne Clifford initially established an impressive collection of Berlin ironwork jewellery and published a history - 'Cut-Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery', Adams and Dart, 1971, most of the collection was sold to finance other purchases, this group constituted her final pieces, the necklace was illustrated on the front cover.
Johann Conrad Geiss together with his son and in collaboration with A.F. Lehmann and S.P. Devaranne supplied designs to the Royal foundries of Berlin and Gliewitz as well as manufacturing iron jewellery themselves. Geiss exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, in London and the methods in which these fine examples of iron jewellery were produced remained a secret for decades

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